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New book takes a look at partition

If you’re interested in politics and observing cultural and social norms then Grigoris Ioannou’s new book in Greek may be of interest. Entitled Denktash in the South: The Normalisation of the Partition in the Greek-Cypriot side, it will be presented by Psifida Publishing at three events this week each with different invited guest speakers.

The first is tonight in Limassol’s Tepak, where sociologist Andreas Panagiotou will present the book along with director Adonis Florides and sociologist Nikos Trimikliniotis. Of course, the book’s author will be present as well as will researcher Maria Hadjimichael, who will coordinate the discussion.

On Saturday Arts Centre Kimonos in Paphos will host the book event along with historian and Psifides publisher Christos Mais and architect Sevina Floridou. The final event will be on Monday at the University of Cyprus with professor Olga Demetriou, professor and MEP Niyazi Kizilyurek, Takis Hadjigeorgiou and Takis Hadjidimitriou.

“We’ll borrow the words of Professor Alexis Heraclides,” say the publishers “to say that the book ‘aspires to articulate a general view of how the partition was normalised’ to the Greek-Cypriots over the past 25 – mostly 15 years – and thus bring to light a hidden but ‘common’ secret of the Greek-Cypriots.”

The basic argument of the book is that ‘the consolidation of partition’ was not automatic nor did it happen behind the backs of the Greek Cypriots. Perhaps more important was the repudiation by many of the consequences of 2004 and people’s ‘inability to work out alternative practices and other scenarios in the years to come.’

Heraclides adds that “the demystification of the referendum process meant the end of the fog and the end of the innocence for all”. He clarifies that the motto ‘Denktash in the south’ was shouted by the Turkish Cypriots ‘on the evening of the announcement of the results of the referendum, thus reversing the ethnocentrism expressed and served by Rauf Denktash and his colleagues.’”

Author Grigoris Ioannou, who has spent 20 years participating in many actions of rapprochement of Greek and Turkish Cypriots and more generally in the Cyprus Peace and Reunification Movement, is ready to present his views that this situation has left on Greek-Cypriots in his latest book.


Book presentation

Author Grigoris Ioannou and Psifida publishing present the book Entitled ‘Denktash in the south: The normalization of partition in the Greek-Cypriot side’. July 5. TEPAK, Limassol. 7.30pm. July 6. Kimonos Arts Centre, Paphos. 8.30pm. July 8. University of Cyprus, Nicosia. 7pm. In Greek. Tel: 99-675880


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