Cyprus: The Reversible Republic

Minority Turks set up a separate state, but hint at compromise

"Expressing the legitimate and irrepressible will of the Turkish Cypriot people . . . we hereby declare before the world and history the establishment of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus as an independent state."

His audience, as Turkish Cypriot Leader Rauf Denktash shrewdly surmised, was far larger than the modest throng that gathered in Nicosia last week to cheer his proclamation of a new Turkish Cypriot republic on the divided Mediterranean island. It was a ringing declaration, but as soon...

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