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More than just a footnote to history By @nathanmorley

More than just a footnote to history By @nathanmorley

By Nathan Morley A HISTORY scholar is searching for anyone in Cyprus who has memories of the Jewish internment camps from the 1940s. Eliana Hadjisavvas, a final year Ph.D. candidate in Modern History at the UK’s University of Birmingham and Library of Congress Kluge Centre fellow, has spent years researching Jewish displaced persons at the

July 15s and 20s

If the colonels in Greece had not engineered it and if the Greek Cypriot hordes aspiring to unite the island with Greece undertook a coup against Archbishop Makarios on July 15, 1974, there would not have been a Turkish intervention five days later, on July 20, 1974. There was not an “action-reaction” relationship between the two

From victory to annexation

By Nicos Rolandis There was a time when the UN General Assembly was our home, our real home. Those were the years soon after the Turkish invasion when we had resorted to the General Assembly on a number of occasions and the results were overwhelmingly in our favour. We organised a strong team at the

epa04310446 A handout photograph dated 15 July 1974 and made available by the Greek Cypriot Press and Information Office, showing tanks in one of Nicosia's main arteries during the coup in Cyprus. The year 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974. Cyprus has been split since July 1974, when Turkish troops invaded the northern third of the island in response to a Greek-inspired coup aimed at uniting the island with Greece. The July invasion resulted in some three per cent of the Island being captured by Turkish forces before a ceasefire was announced, while some 40 per cent of the Island was occupied in the second Turkish invasion in August 1974. The Turkish-occupied north is only recognized as a separate entity by Turkey. EPA/CYPRIOT PRESS OFFICE / HANDOUT BLACK AND WHITE ONLY HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

A spotlight on historical forgery

By George Koumoullis FALSIFYING history means the calculated concealment and/or distortion of historical events. Whichever period we examine through secondary school text books we can note glaring omissions and distortions, especially as regards the role of the church. Read the rest on: A spotlight on historical forgery

Cyprus problem v Traditional experience By @yennaris

By Costas Yennaris What helped Cypriots survive on this island through centuries of turmoil and conflict, either man-made or natural, was their ability to learn each time from their own experience and adapt accordingly. And this applies to Greek Cypriots who place claims of thousands of years of history on the island and also to


Revisiting the Acheson plan By @ykanli

Greek Cypriot papers continue to speculate on how the “security dimension” of the Cyprus problem could be solved. Their obsession, unfortunately, is still with the presence of Turkey’s troops on the island. Though Greek Cypriots do not want to see even one Turkish soldier left on the island in any settlement of the Cyprus issue, they

Tassos Papadopoulos, Russia and the Annan Plan

On Sunday, April 24, Cyprus marked the 12th anniversary of the Annan plan referendum. In this special report, DEMETRIS PAPADOPOULOS examines the Russian government’s opposition to the settlement plan and its backing of President Tassos Papadopoulos’efforts to have it rejected. The reason for this stand was not Moscow’s steadfast adherence to principles on the Cyprus

Dead end road…  By @ykanli

The problem in Cyprus is not finding a resolution to the over 50-year-old power sharing quagmire between the two peoples of the island but to pretend as if a solution is wanted by a certain date. Is this an overstatement? Probably. But, if a settlement is wanted, why don’t negotiators, the army of international mediators and