Turkey, Cyprus and the European Division

Author
Rebecca Bryant
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Insight Turkey
Volume
9
Issue Number
1
Publication Date
January - March 2007
Institution
SETA Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research
Abstract
More than three years after the opening of the ceasefire line that divides Cyprus, the island is closer than ever to rupture. When the Green Line first opened in April 2003, there was an initial period of euphoria, as Cypriots flooded in both directions to visit homes and neighbors left unwillingly behind almost three decades before. But a year later, when a UN plan to reunite the island came to referendum, new divisions emerged. While Turkish Cypriots voted in favor of the plan, their Greek Cypriot compatriots rejected it in overwhelming numbers. Visits stalled, and today social relations are mired in an increasingly divisive politics.
Topic
Politics, United Nations
Political Geography
Europe, Turkey, Cyprus