Photographer's Note

Northern Cyprus or North Cyprus (Turkish: Kuzey Kıbrıs), formally named the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) (Turkish: Kuzey Kıbrıs Türk Cumhuriyeti, KKTC) [4], is a de facto state[5][6][7] located in the northern portion of the island of Cyprus. Long-standing tensions between the ethnic Greek and Turkish Cypriot populations — culminating in 1974 with a coup d'état, an attempt to annex the island to Greece, and a military intervention by Turkey in response — resulted in a partitioning of the island, resettlement of many of its inhabitants, and a subsequent unilateral declaration of independence by the north in 1983. Northern Cyprus has received diplomatic recognition only from Turkey, upon which it is dependent for economic, political and military support. The rest of the international community, including the United Nations and the European Union, recognises the de jure sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus over the entire island.

Attempts to reach a solution to the dispute have so far been unsuccessful. In 2004 a fifth revision of the UN Annan Plan to settle the Cyprus dispute was accepted by a majority of Turkish Cypriots in a referendum, but rejected by a majority of Greek Cypriots. The Turkish Army maintains a large force in Northern Cyprus; its presence is supported and approved by the de facto local government, but the Republic of Cyprus and the international community regard it as an illegal occupation force, and its presence has also been denounced in several United Nations Security Council resolutions.[8]

Northern Cyprus extends from the tip of the Karpass Peninsula (Cape Apostolos Andreas) in the northeast, westward to Morphou Bay and Cape Kormakitis (the Kokkina/Erenköy exclave marks the westernmost extent of the area), and southward to the village of Louroujina/Akıncılar. A buffer zone under the control of the United Nations stretches between Northern Cyprus and the rest of the island and divides Nicosia, the island's largest city and capital of both states.

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  • Copyright: ozge ozturk (nube) (360)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2010-08-11
  • Categories: Vida cotidiana
  • Exposición: f/2.8, 1/1000 segundos
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  • Date Submitted: 2010-08-19 9:12
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