Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Cyprus

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Cyprus

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1996

July 21: Turkish prime minister Neqmettin Erbakan visited Northern Cyprus during the anniversary of the 1974 Turkish invasion. [7/22 FT] July 29: The European Union's (EU) special representative on Cyprus, Kestler Heaslip, met separately with Greek-Cypriot president Glavkos Kliridhis and Turkish-Cypriot president Rauf Denktas. [7/30 FT]

Aug. 11: Greek-Cypriot motorcyclists, joined by 200 European bikers, staged a demonstration against Turkish occupation of Northern Cyprus. The bikers and Turkish police clashed after the bikers forced their way across a UN security zone, the "green line," into Northern Cyprus. The clash resulted in the death of one biker, and the injury of 30 bikers and 12 Turkish-Cypriot police. [8/12 NYT]

Aug. 14: Turkish-Cypriot soldiers fired at rockthrowing Greek-Cypriot demonstrators who entered the "green line," killing one person and wounding 11 others, including two UN peacekeepers. [8/15 NYT]

Aug. 17: In Nicosia, Greek prime minister Konstandinos Simitis met with Greek-Cypriot president Kliridhis to discuss recent violence along the "green line. …

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