By Constantine Tzanos, Contributor Nuclear engineer, PhD*
July 7, 2017, marked the failure of another effort to solve the over 40-year-old problem of the division of Cyprus. Turkey, in defiance of the international law, refused to terminate its military occupation of Northern Cyprus.
In 1960, Cyprus was granted independence from British rule under the imposed Treaties of Guarantee, Alliance and Establishment and an imposed unworkable constitution, which made the conflict between its two main communities (77% Greek, 18% Turkish – many of them forcibly Islamized Greeks – and 5% other) unavoidable.
On 20 July 1974, Turkey, a United Nations (UN) member state, in …read more