By Nicos Trimikliniotis, Umut Bozkurt
Cyprus is a postcolonial island recognized for common fuel reserves and ethnic divisions. This quantity offers a clean viewpoint at the Cyprus challenge by way of analyzing the societal differences happening in the island: socioeconomic improvement, inhabitants transitions and migration, and quickly altering social and political associations.
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11 Secondly, Ankara is also keen to be involved in Cyprus’ offshore bonanza, Turkey’s deputy prime minister, Bülent Arınç, openly admits: “Turkey cannot just sit back and observe what is happening. We also have economic interests. ”12 In these “sovereignty games” (Constantinou, 2011), Ankara is caught in an embarrassingly paradoxical position: having invaded and occupied the northern part of Cyprus and supported the secession of the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” (TRNC), it now claims rights over the other part of the country.
Denkta¸s and the Ulusal Birlik Partisi, leading to the overwhelming “yes” vote to the Annan plan? Are there traces in the current discontent of an overall disillusionment with the system that may trigger a process that would contribute to a reuniﬁcation of the island? There are striking resemblances between the two periods as well as differences. Just like the current one, the discontent of the early 2000s was triggered by economic reasons. A banking crisis that erupted in December 1999 led to six banks coming under government control.
33 After independence, with the Treaty of Establishment, Britain would retain two bases as “British sovereign soil” to be used for the wider expeditions in the region, not only of the United Kingdom but also for the whole of the United States-led NATO alliance. The British bases in Cyprus34 are part of the wider global imperial system of empire of bases. Hence, two months before the invasion of Iran, the largest British naval mobilization since the Falklands war consisting of 15 vessels headed by the Navy’s ﬂagship HMS Ark Royal would arrive off Cyprus.
Beyond a Divided Cyprus: A State and Society in Transformation by Nicos Trimikliniotis, Umut Bozkurt