Cyprus Mail

There are more student Cypriot societies than you think

It was really lovely reading your coverage of the bicommunal Cypriot society at Durham in the UK, which is something our university campuses desperately need more of.

While I was reading though, I saw something in the article that I wanted to point out directly with you. The lines, “…the society, which was the first of its kind in a UK university…”, and “Durham’s Cypriot Society was the first across UK universities to promote a common Cypriotism instead of its exclusively Greek or Turkish manifestations.”, is not entirely true.

Myself, and other Cypriots of mixed Greek, Turkish and Armenian background, formed our own society in early 2013, based on the same ideal that is Cypriotism. The society even existed at SOAS back in 2012. We were the SOAS Cypriot Society – SOAS is the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

We absolutely support the work of Durham Cypriot Society and all those who promote the ideal of Cypriotism, but it would be much appreciated if you could make reference to our existence as a bicommunal Cypriot society as well.

Sean Patrick Diffley, via email