In one of its worst strategic decisions ever, the European Union (sadly, with UK acquiescence) had agreed that Cyprus should join the EU on , whether agreement had been reached with the Turkish Cypriots or not Earlier this summer the 11th international effort to strike a deal between the Turkish and Greek Cypriots was rejected by the Greek-Cypriot government – as every previous one has been.
So, whatever its terms, will the next, and the next.
After some Turkish-Cypriot enclaves had been subject to some pretty terrible atrocities, Turkish forces on the island were dramatically increased in August 1974.
Tens of thousands of Turkish troops have been on the island ever since.
Here’s why: Turkey invaded Cyprus in late July 1974.