33 years have passed since the illegal Turkish invasion and occupation of norhtern Cyprus
5000 Greek Cypriots killed by Turk army in 1974
As a result of the invasion, approximately 5,000 Cypriots were killed and more than 1,400 Greek Cypriots, including four Americans of Cypriot descent, who still remain missing. http://www.house.gov/apps/list/speech/fl09...s_invasion.html
Since 1974, the northern territory of the Republic of Cyprus has been occupied by the armed forces of the Turkish Republic. In the aftermath of the Turkish invasions of July 20 and August 14, 1974, over 200,000 Greek Cypriots were ethnically cleansed from their homes
and had to flee as refugees to the southern part of the island, while more than 50,000 Turkish Cypriots were forced un-willingly to move in the occupied area. Over 5,000 Cypriots were killed
. Eighty percent of Cypriots are of Hellenic descent, and Eighteen percent of Cypriots are of Turkish.
Thousands of Cypriots remain missing.However, after the Turkish invasion of 1974, about 150,000 Turks from Anatolia were transferred or decided to settle in the north. This has changed the actual demographic structure of the island. Northern Cyprus now claims 265,100 inhabitants, closer to 30% of the population of the island.
The Turkish government arranged an influx of settlers from Turkey, altering the demographics of the island in violation of the Geneva Convention.
40% of the island occupied, Turks dont even account for 18%
Nicosia on fire by Turkish air force
Kyrenia totally flattened by the Turks
Napalm bombs dropped on Cypriots by Turkish army
Villages occupied by the Turks
Greek Cypriots taken to Adana Camps in Turkey in 1974. Some will return alive and talk about their experience
Only Turkey recognizes pseudo-state in northern Cyprus
It has received diplomatic recognition only from Turkey, on which it is dependent for economic, political and military support. The rest of the international community, including the United Nations and European Union, recognise the sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus over the whole island.
Turkish Cypriots proclaimed a separate state, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), under the leadership of Rauf Denktaş, on November 15, 1983. UN Security Council Resolution 541 of November 18, 1983 declared the action illegal and called for the withdrawal of Turkish troops. The Resolution also asked all member states to refrain from recognising and providing assistance to the government of the secessionist entity. The only country to recognise the TRNC is Turkey, which does not recognise the authority of the Republic of Cyprus over the whole island. Turkey refers to the government of the Republic of Cyprus as 'the Greek Cypriot administration'.Thank you Turkey