The green line

In ’67 I visited a relative serving in the RAF at Akrotiri, conveyed by an ear-shattering  VC10 in the company of other families. We landed in Nicosia, at an airport which fell out of service in ’74 when Cyprus was split in two, the warring sides separated by the green line on a military map. I was shown the bustling port of Famagusta too, which has been a ghost town since ’74.

So I’m intrigued by the latest efforts to reconcile the north and south of the island at talks now underway in Geneva. My good friends there would be more than happy to recover their families’ long-lost properties. But there are serious reservations about Turkey’s willingness to withdraw their forces.

I hope Cyprus achieves unification. Fingers crossed.

Author: janus

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8 thoughts on “The green line”

  1. I have to admit I thought they had put it back together some time ago? Must have been talking but nothing came of it I suppose. Sorry to be so ignorant on the subject I never fancied the place isn’t it very dry?
    From what others who visited it had said, it was never on my wish list, but then few places are!

  2. Quite scenic akshully! Great beaches, tavernas, people to. They nearly unified in 2004 but the Greek Cypriots voted no to the deal.

    The Turks want to leverage their position to get EU membership for the homeland. Madness!

    Strategically with permanent Brit bases and NATO needs, a solution would be beneficial. But Mr Erdogan is unpredictable and who represents the EU in Geneva? Juncker! 😱

  3. Ah! That must have been it in 2004. I was in the process of moving from Dallas to the NW, no wonder I didn’t absorb the fallout. Rather too much to do.
    Must go and look on the dreaded machine at some pictures.
    Wouldn’t trust Turkey further than one could throw the place. I guess it will remain as the status quo for a good long time.
    I would have thought there is no hope at all of reclaiming property previously lost/abandoned?
    There are still plenty of WWII reparations that have never been dealt with. And never will.

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