Cyprus: A Troubled Island

Cyprus: A Troubled Island

Cyprus: A Troubled Island

Cyprus: A Troubled Island

Synopsis

Borowiec portrays Cyprus as a permanent source of tension in the Eastern Mediterranean and a potential trigger for future conflict between Greece and Turkey. He describes the depth of animosity between Greek and Turkish Cypriots and analyzes the obstacles in the path of a search for a solution.

Excerpt

After three decades of news reporting on Cyprus and on the two countries most involved in it, Greece and Turkey, I have succumbed to the inevitable temptation of summing up the Cypriot dilemma that at this writing has defied international diplomacy. I have met many of the key political figures of the area, including presidents, prime ministers and parliamentarians. I have lived among the Turkish Cypriot community in the north of Cyprus and among Greek Cypriots in the south of the divided island. This book is their story, a story of conflicting views and contradictory claims, of antagonisms, grievances and fears. It attempts to explain why no one has been able to suggest a solution to what has become known as "the Cyprus problem" fully acceptable to all protagonists.

The main sources for this study are voluminous files and notes collected over the years, including texts of interviews and eyewitness accounts of various dramatic events, such as the 1974 coup against Archbishop Makarios, president of Cyprus, and the subsequent Turkish invasion. Whenever possible, I have quoted, often at length, the key figures involved, either on the basis of my notes or from books they have written and from their official statements. A number of books on Cyprus, Greece and Turkey have also been a valuable source.

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