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Ammochostos - The Algos of Nostos


For the enclosed city of Ammochostos time seems to have stood still in 1974 in a surreal cinemasetting. Today, it is enveloped in an altogether different aura, both as a place and a landscape.

In 1974, under the pretext of protecting the Turkish Cypriots, Turkey invaded the island following a short-lived coup instigated and orchestrated by the Greek Junta. Since then Turkey unlawfully occupies one third of the Republic of Cyprus, trampling upon any notion of international legality, and infringing the rights of the Turkish Cypriots themselves.

Based on Security Council resolutions 550 (1984) and 789 (1992), the city of Famagusta as a whole should have been placed under the full control of the United Nations. However, in blatant violation of these resolutions Turkey continues to occupy the entire city, while the most vibrant part of it, Varosha, after having been ruthlessly pillaged, an area of 6.2 square kilometers (about 17% of the Municipality of Famagusta) was fenced off and placed under military control, to be used as a bargaining chip in the talks for a Cyprus settlement.

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