But what is now needed, surely, is to remove all discrimination against people who are, after all, citizens of the European Union and to prepare the Turkish Cypriots and their legislation and administrative practices for eventual European membership.” However, in limbo is exactly where the Turkish Cypriots have been left.
Initial efforts by the Foreign Affairs Council of the EU to ameliorate some of the problems which have faced the north quickly came to nothing – blocked by the ‘Government of Cyprus’.
One of the most important was the 2004 “Annan” plan, painstakingly negotiated by then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and his special representative for Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto, to provide a federal, “bizonal” and “bicommunal” constitution.
The plan was approved overwhelmingly in referenda by the Turkish Cypriots but was rejected by an even bigger margin by the Greek Cypriots.
So, whatever its terms, will the next, and the next.
Time period: Varies: Nikosia - 1883 to present; Famagusta - 1914 to present; Larnaka - 1895 to present; Limassol - 1896 to present; Pafos - 1870 to present; Kyrenia - 1915 to present.
The Greek junta itself fell as a result of the Cyprus coup There was then a ceasefire.
It can be argued, as many have done, that the Turks overreacted by the number of troops they have stationed on the island ever since.
This facility likely also houses the material pertaining to Northern Cyprus.
In one of its worst strategic decisions ever, the European Union (sadly, with UK acquiescence) had agreed that Cyprus should join the EU on , whether agreement had been reached with the Turkish Cypriots or not Earlier this summer the 11th international effort to strike a deal between the Turkish and Greek Cypriots was rejected by the Greek-Cypriot government – as every previous one has been.