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Facing reality in Cyprus

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What is the reality on the land? What is the reality perceived by Turks or Greeks in Cyprus? Do they see the same reality? These and such questions that might appear odd to outsiders indeed touch the core of the Cyprus problem: a difference in perception.

In a nutshell, for Greek Cypriots, including those who were vociferous in the campaign to annihilate Turkish Cypriots, the events of the 1963-1974 era just did not happen, or for those with some sense of reality, they were “exaggerated exceptions,” but otherwise Turks and Greeks were living very happily in Cyprus like brothers and sisters. However, the 1974 Turkish intervention – as if not triggered by a coup engineered by Athens to annihilate Turks and to achieve union of the island with Greece (Enosis) – was the start and cause of the Cyprus problem. Turkish Cypriots abandoned the partnership state in 1964 to provide a pretext for the Turkish intervention.

Turkish Cypriots, however, are furious at the Greek Cypriot denial of the........

© Hürriyet Daily News