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tjir_v4n3_d_walker - A TURKISH-CYPRIOT PERSPECTIVE RAUF...

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Alternatives: Turkish Journal of International Relations, Vol.4, No.3, Fall 2005 78 A TURKISH-CYPRIOT PERSPECTIVE: RAUF DENKTASH AND NANCY CRAWSHAW ON CYPRUS 1 Joshua W. Walker* The history of Cyprus is among one of the most well-researched and well- documented cases of any island in the world. Given its geographic and strategic position as the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea along the main routes between Europe and Asia, located west of Syria and south of Turkey, Cyprus has historically been controlled by several states seeking to gain a foothold for Middle East invasions. Being too small to defend themselves, Cypriots have grown accustomed to a history of living at the mercy of the dominant power in the area. As a result, the island has been bought and sold, transferred from one ruler to another, without the Cypriots ever being consulted. While the history of Cyprus may be well-known and documented, the interpretations and implications of this history have been far from unified. Generally, for historical and geopolitical reasons, ethnic Greeks get a hearing in the West more easily than ethnic Turks do. Therefore for the purpose of this paper I hope to present a new perspective to the discourse that surrounds the island and the remarkable impact it has on world
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