Fear and loathing in Nicosia: will peace talks unify Europe's last divided capital? - News Summed Up

Fear and loathing in Nicosia: will peace talks unify Europe's last divided capital?


Some call it the dead zone; some a no-man’s land; some the green line. For the past 18 months the island’s leaders, Nicos Anastasiades and Mustafa Akinci, have been holding peace talks here, in an abandoned airport complex inside the dead zone. Turkish Cypriots, just a few miles away, were also being raised on hate speech and propaganda. “Turkish Cypriots have been isolated for 60 years – it is enough,” he tells me, referring to Greek-Cypriot raids against Turkish Cypriot villages in the late 1950s. “Both insult the memory of the other.”For decades, the dead zone was the most potent symbol of that division.


Source: The Guardian January 12, 2017 07:00 UTC





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