The Cyprus Dispute
Aditi Mukund, Ludia Hong, and Jaimee Nguyen
What Lies at the Root?
What Triggered the Dispute?
British colony until 1960, Cyprus's Greek and Turkish Cypriots participated in power-sharing until 1963, when tax disagreements spilled over into an all-out dispute over how to manage the government. Violence erupted in December 1963, and the U.N. brought peacekeeping forces on the island six months later. Turkish Cypriots withdrew, partitioning the capital Nicosia. Turkey, invaded Cyprus in July 1974 after Greek-inspired nationalists staged brief coup which toppled the legitimate government.
What Form Does This Conflict Take?
What is the Spatial Extent of the Conflict?
How Long Has There Been Tension or Conflict?
How Has the Conflict Been Manifested?
How Many People Have Been Affected and How?
In addition, all the Cypriots that have emigrated from Cyprus because of Turkey’s invasion and occupation, generally immigrate to the same countries.
Whether it is a Greek-Cypriot or a Turkish-Cypriot, they immigrate countries, such as, the United States, Canada and Australia. There, they establish a new community, similar to the mixed villages that existed before 1974.
The people of Cyprus need to be heard in order for the world to listen. As the Turkish-Cypriot press reports everyday, the problem is getting worse, not better.