Turkey / North Cyprus Gay Forum & Guide

The Northern Cyprus is as beautiful as the South of the island. The unbelievable, unfair approach of the European Countries to the conflict between the Turks and the Greeks has left the Northern part much poorer while the South developed its economy basically with "black money". If you visit the Turkish part on the North of the Island, you will observe this personally. You will also see that this part of the island is safer, more intact and has more natural and historical beauties.

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Long ago, in the 3rd century BC, the Galatians were the first to make "Ancyra" of those times, their capital. Much later on, in 1923, M. Kemal Ataturk chose the same district to be the capital of newly founded Turkey, and "North Cyprus" thereafter remained the strategic heart of the country.

Island in the Mediterranean Sea, off the south coast of Turkey and west coast of Syria.

Under the 1960 constitution, power is shared between Greek and Turkish Cypriots, but in 1973 the Turks ceased participating and in 1974 set up a separate community in northern Cyprus, refusing to acknowledge the Greek government in the south. The Greek Cypriot government claims to be the government of all Cyprus and is generally accepted as such, except by the Turkish community. There are, therefore, two republics, each with a president, council of ministers, legislature, and judicial system. The 'Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus' has its own representatives overseas. Greek Cyprus has a president, elected for five years by universal adult suffrage, and a single-chamber legislature, the 80-member house of representatives, also elected for five years. The president appoints and heads a council of ministers. Under the separate constitution adopted by Turkish Cyprus 1985, there is a president, council of ministers, and legislature similar to that in the south. Turkey is the only country to have recognized this government.

The strategic position of Cyprus has long made it a coveted territory, and from the 15th century BC it was colonized by a succession of peoples from the mainland. In the 8th century it was within the Assyrian empire, then the Babylonian, Egyptian, and Persian. As part of Ptolemaic Egypt, it was seized by Rome in 58 BC. From AD 395 it was ruled by Byzantium, until taken in 1191 by England during the Third Crusade. In 1489 it was annexed by Venice, and became part of the Ottoman empire in 1571. It came under British administration in 1878 and was annexed by Britain in 1914, becoming a crown colony in 1925.

In 1955 a guerrilla war against British rule was begun by Greek Cypriots seeking enosis, or unification with Greece. The chief organization in this campaign was the National Organization of Cypriot Combatants (EOKA), and its political and military leaders were the head of the Greek Orthodox Church in Cyprus, Archbishop Makarios, and Gen Grivas. In 1956 Makarios and other enosis leaders were deported by the British government. After years of negotiation, Makarios was allowed to return to become president of a new, independent Greek-Turkish Cyprus, retaining British military and naval bases.

Greek-Turkish conflict
In 1963 the Turks withdrew from power-sharing, and fighting began. The following year a United Nations (UN) peacekeeping force was set up to keep the two sides apart. After a prolonged period of mutual hostility, relations improved and talks were resumed, with the Turks arguing for a federal state and the Greeks wanting a unitary one.

In 1971 Gen Grivas returned to the island and began a guerrilla campaign against the Makarios government, which he believed had failed the Greek community. Three years later he died, and his supporters were purged by Makarios, who was himself deposed in 1974 by Greek officers of the National Guard and an Enosis extremist, Nicos Sampson, who became president. Makarios fled to Britain.

At the request of the Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktas, Turkey sent troops to the island in 1974, taking control of the north and dividing Cyprus along what became known as the Attila Line, cutting off about a third of the total territory. Sampson resigned, the military regime that had appointed him collapsed, and Makarios returned. The Turkish Cypriots established an independent government for what they called the 'Turkish Federated State of Cyprus' (TFSC), with Denktas as president.

 In 1977 Makarios died and was succeeded by Spyros Kyprianou, who had been president of the house of representatives. In 1980 UN-sponsored peace talks were resumed. The Turkish Cypriots offered to hand back about 4% of the 35% of the territory they controlled and to resettle 40,000 of the 200,000 refugees who had fled to the north, but stalemate was reached on a constitutional settlement.

The Turks wanted equal status for the two communities, equal representation in government, and firm links with Turkey. The Greeks, on the other hand, favored an alternating presidency, strong central government, and representation in the legislature on a proportional basis.

The conflict has been unfortunately turned in to a dilemma because The European countries always supported their religious-partners (their secularity is for Christianity it seems and they undercover it by calling it "the clash of civilizations" recently) even after the Greeks refused United Nations peace plan. And because the Greek Cypriots were accepted to the European Union, it is has turned into a blackmail against Turkey's membership now !


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