Author: Manolis Kostidis

The 50th anniversary celebrations of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus are causing tensions amid hopes for dialogue between Turkey and Greece. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will attend the celebrations, labeling the invasion a “peace mission” to protect Turkish-Cypriots. Turkey intervened after a Greek-led coup in Cyprus, leading to a permanent division on the island. The Greek government sees the invasion as a disaster, with leaders commemorating the event. In occupied Cyprus, festivities include a concert and military displays on the anniversary. Despite efforts for reconciliation, the anniversary serves as a reminder of the unresolved conflict in Cyprus. As Turkey…

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[File photo: Shutterstock] Turkish media has reported a recent incident where a Greek boat allegedly rammed a Turkish fishing vessel near an uninhabited Greek islet in the northern Aegean Sea. The incident took place around Zurafa Island, known to Greeks as Zourafa or Ladoxera, which is situated east of Samothraki and north of Imvros. The Turkish fisherman, Ilker Ozdemir, claimed that the Greek boat caused damage to their vessel while they were fishing in international waters. The incident highlights tensions fueled by the Turkish concept of the “Blue Homeland,” which seeks to expand Turkish influence in the region. Following the…

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