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Letter from Cyprus

Recent changes on the island are only widening the gulf between Greek and Turkish Cypriots

By Tabitha Morgan   October 2010

Flying the flag: the northern part of Nicosia has become increasingly Turkish in character

It’s a balmy evening in Cyprus, and a town called Morphu is holding a fundraising event. Several hundred people sit at trestle tables, eating pork kebabs and listening to a bazouki band. The mayor of the town, elected every year by the community, wanders around shaking hands. Yet no one here actually lives in Morphu. As Greek Cypriots, these people were expelled from their town in 1974. The party is in Nicosia, the Cypriot capital. Images of Morphu’s civic buildings are painted on a canvas to…

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