Friday, December 24, 2010

Was self-segregation an intentional Turkish Cypriot (fully supported by Turkey) policy?

The Secretary-General of the United Nations in 1965 described the policy of the Turkish Cypriot leaders in this way (click here for the original United Nations' S/6426 - may be slow to load):
"The Turkish Cypriot leaders have adhered to a rigid stand against any measures which might involve having members of the two communities live and work together, or which might place Turkish Cypriots in situations where they would have to acknowledge the authority of Government agents. Indeed, since the Turkish Cypriot leadership is committed to physical and geographical separation of the communities as a political goal, it is not likely to encourage activities by Turkish Cypriots which may be interpreted as demonstrating the merits of an alternative policy. The result has been a seemingly deliberate policy of self-segregation by the Turkish Cypriots” (S/6426)."

Despite this policy, a certain degree of normality gradually returned to Cyprus and by 1974, with the active encouragement of the Government, a large proportion of Turkish Cypriots were living and working alongside their Greek Cypriot fellow citizens.

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