August 14, 2020

‘Reluctant republic’: Cyprus turns 60 without much ado

Nicosia (AFP) – Cyprus marks 60 years since independence from Britain without fanfare on Sunday, as the small island remains divided and home to foreign bases and a UN peacekeeping force.”At the time, independence was a compromise none of the conflicting sides had wanted or demanded,” said Hubert Faustmann, professor of political science at the University of Nicosia. The Mediterranean island, now home to a combined population of about 1.2 million, has been a prized possession for a succession of empires through the ages.Modern history has left it split between a Greek-speaking south and a Turk…


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