CYPRUS: Once a Greek

The Mediterranean island of Cyprus has not belonged to Greece for 2,300 years, but four-fifths of the population of the British Crown Colony of Cyprus speak Greek or belong to the Greek Orthodox Church. Cyprus and Greece have not even been under the same rule since 1191, when they were both part of the Byzantine Empire, but the most electric word among Cypriots today is enosis (union with Greece). Just how widespread the urge for enosis is among Cypriots is a matter of dispute. The British insist that the agitation is largely the...

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