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UNic hosts seminar on how Cyprus changed post-1974

Achilles Emilianidis

The University of Nicosia recently hosted a two-day conference on the events that have shaped Cyprus since 1974.

The important events that changed the course of the history of the Republic of Cyprus from the coup and invasion of Turkey and the continued occupation of the northern part of an EU and UN member state from 1974 until today were analysed at a scientific conference organised by the University of Nicosia and New Estia magazine, in collaboration with the Cyprus Centre for European and International Affairs of the University of Nicosia and the magazine The Cyprus Review.

The aim of the conference was to proceed with a review of the modern political history of the Republic of Cyprus and to illuminate aspects of it through original research contributions. The highly up-to-date and interesting conference was held at the Unesco amphitheatre of the University of Nicosia and lasted two days, during which reputable academics, historians and researchers made presentations covering all aspects of the recent history.

Historian and director of the Unesco headquarters at the University of Nicosia, Emilios Solomou pointed out that “the political leadership of the place is not listening, while the lack of strategy is obvious.”

Professor Andreas Theophanous, head of the Cyprus Centre for European and International Affairs of the University of Nicosia, analysed the philosophy and practical aspects of the bicommunal talks after 1974. He pointed out inter alia that progressively but firmly Greek Cypriot positions approached Turkish Cypriot positions without finding a solution to the Cyprus problem.

Associate Professor Andreas Stergiou, of the Department of Economics at the University of Thessaly, spoke about the advantages and disadvantages of a bi-zonal bi-communal federation.

Reference was also made to the role of Makarios and the subsequent presidents of the Republic of Cyprus. Similarly, the role of Denktash and the leadership of the Turkish Cypriot community has been evaluated. The role played by Turkey and the UN was also discussed.

A literary presentation was presented by Achilles Emilianidis, Dean of the Law School of the University of Nicosia. The shortcomings of the negotiations between the two communities, as they are currently being conducted, were also highlighted.

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