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-1974 -The Betrayal of CYPRUS-

This preliminary study aims to present the basic facts of the tragic events of the Turkish military attack/ invasion, and military occupation of 37% of the Republic of Cyprus' soil, by Turkish military forces on July 20 1974. Moreover it intends to publicize to the European and International public opinion this very crucial issue for Cyprus and Hellenism, specifically the HUMANITARIAN issues of the MISSING PERSONS, the 200,000 GREEK-CYPRIOT REFUGEES, and the CULTURAL DESTRUCTION carried out by the Turkish State against Cyprus since 1974.

In the photo, Crucified Jesus Christ is thrown on the floor, drenched in urine by "European Turks".

Turkish Muslim Mongols show no respect, not even for Holy Religious Symbols of Hellenism and of Christianity.

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The photo above gives the "picture" of the results of the Turkish military occupation against Cyprus, against the Greek (Christian Orthodox), Armenian (Christian Orthodox), and Maronite (Christian)-Cypriots, and against Greek and Christian Orthodox existence and Greek ancient civilization in the 37% of the occupied areas of Cyprus. The Turkish state, and their puppets in the occupied areas of Cyprus, methodically and systematically destroy everything that is Greek from the occupied areas of Cyprus (Greek Orthodox Churches, Greek Orthodox monasteries, Greek Orthodox cemeteries, Statues of Heroes etc.), whereas they sell in the international black market Greek Archaeological treasures of unprecedented value.

Eastern Mediterranean Sea, is where Cyprus is located, on the South Eastern border of Europe, and between 3 continents, European, African, and Asian.

The tragic situation in Cyprus today. Despite Cyprus' accession into the European Union on May 1 2004, 37% of the island is under barbaric occupation by the Turkish army.

We are all prisoners of knowledge. To know how Cyprus was betrayed, and to have studied the record of that betrayal, is to make oneself unhappy and to spoil, perhaps for ever, one's pleasure for visiting one of the world's most enchanting islands. Nothing will ever restore the looted treasures, the bereaved families, the plundered villages, the groves and hillsides scalded with napalm. Nor will anything mitigate the record of the callous, and crude politicians who regarded Cyprus as something on which to scribble their inane and conceited designs. But fatalism would be the worst betrayal of all. The acceptance, the legitimization of what was done - those things must be repudiated. Such a refusal has a value beyond Cyprus in showing that acquiescence in injustice is not 'realism'. Once the injustice has been set down and described, and called by its right name, acquiescence in it becomes impossible. That is why one writes about Cyprus in sorrow but more - much more - in anger."
Christopher Hitchens, "Hostage in History: Cyprus", Washington, May 1997.

CAN YOU IMAGINE THIS IN THE USA???
- 40% Refugees = 120,000,000 Refugees
- One in Three Hundred Missing = 1,000,000 people missing
- One in eighty four killed = 3,600,000 people killed
- 37% of the Land illegally occupied
- Washington DC a divided city

THIS IS HOW CYPRIOTS FEEL FOR 31 YEARS

- 40% Refugees = 200,000 people refugees
- One in Three Hundred Missing = 1619 people missing
- One in eighty four killed = 6,000 people killed
- 37% of the island of Cyprus is illegally occupied for 31 years
- Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus is the ONLY divided city in the world

Three important TOP-SECRET US/NATO documents that clearly show the direct involvement of US Officials, more specifically Kissinger, in the betrayal of Cyprus in 1974. (From the archives of Athanasios Stringas)

TOP SECRET 6374

WASHINGTON DC 041842

SUBJECT: AMBASSADOR IN CYPRUS

CLEAN THE TABLE OF OUR AMBASSADOR IN CYPRUS. THE CLEARING IS A DECISION OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL /PH-36.
FOLLOW THE PROGRAM DIRECTLY.

KISSINGER

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TOP SECRET
SG/SD/WASHDC-12/S26-D48/JULE74

FROM: SECRETARY GENERAL
TO:SECRETARY OF DEFENCE/WASHDC

Subject: Assistant Undersecretary of State Sisco's visit

The Assistant Undersecretary of State Sisco's visit to the Alliance, showed the decision of the American government to finish the Cyprus problem.
We agreed with Mr. Sisco for supporting the Turkish army during the landing, as well as, in the violent expulsion of Makarios.

Joseph Luns
Secretary General of NATO

TOP SECRET 4398 WASHINGTON DC 0416222 ACTION K-12 R 413172 MAY 74

FM SECSTATE WASHDC 5954
TO AMEMBASSY NICOSIA
TOPSEC WASHDC 4398

SUBJECT: FINAL CURE
H PASS: AMBASSADOR/COS MF

THERE: YOU WILL PROCEED TO THE FINAL CURE OF THE ARCHBISHOP MAKARIOS.
THE FINAL CURE IS A DECISION OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL /PRM-42
FOLLOW THE SPECIAL DIRECTIONS.

KISSINGER

 

 

1974 Turkish Invasion Against CYPRUS

-July 20, 1974-

Time: 04:35, Saturday 20 July 1974. The graphic and most beautiful ancient Greek town of Kyrenia as it was seen by the Turkish pilots the morning of 20 July 1974 when the air-raids of the Turkish air-force against Cyprus began. Bombings were more intense on the northern shores of Cyprus and around the "Pente Mili" (five miles west of the town of Kyrenia) area where all the landings took place. Click the photo for enlargement.

Turkish propaganda brochure: "Turkish Army in Cyprus".
July 20 1974
Turkish propaganda brochure of the military invasion code-name "ATTILA1" July 20 1974. Turkish propaganda brochure of the 2nd Turkish invasion code-name "ATTILA2" Aug 14-16 1974.

The Turkish army began its invasion with deployment of their forces at "Pente Mili" (Five Mile Point) west of the town of Kyrenia unloading heavy materials, tanks, artillery units and troops. The landings took place at the most difficult spot, since the waters there are very deep, and allowing only a narrow stretch where only 2 cargo ships could land at a time. The attack and invasion was planned years before, taking all these considerations into account. Turkish air-force and Turkish NAVY overwhelmed the forces of the Cyprus National Guard inflicting constant air-raids and heavy naval coastal bombardments.

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Turkish invasion had three main objectives:
1. To land as much personnel and material on
Kyrenia shores and create a stronghold pocket.
2. To drop paratroopers inside the Turkish enclaves of Nicosia-Agyrta.
3. To weaken the National Guard of Cyprus by intense air-raids with Napalm bombs, and prevent them from deploying any serious resistance.

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At 05:30 Saturday 20 July 1974 the Turkish air-force bombed and destroyed the 256 Infantry Regiment of the Cyprus National Guard at Glykiotissa, the 190 Light Artillery Regiment at Acheropoiitos Greek Orthodox Monastery, the 182 Heavy Artillery Regiment of Bosporos, as well as all the military installations along the Kyrenia northern coastline at Panagra. The Turks managed to unload enough material and personnel on the shore. The Turkish invasion and the nightmare of the Greek-Cypriots just began.

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Turkish (NATO American-made and supplied) T-47 tank gets on shore at "Pente Mili" beach in Kyrenia. The Turks landed heavy military hardware, tanks, artillery, ammunitions, ALL NATO American made, and in violation to all treaties on the purpose for using them.

The Turkish Soldiers had been issued with the G3 Automatic Assault Rifle .762 NATO, while the Greek Cypriots of the Cyprus National Guard were issued the "ancient"  Mauser 1899 bolt action rifle. Despite their heroism they were both betrayed, as well as outnumbered and outgunned.

Every move from the Cyprus National Guard was met with fierce Napalm bombings by the Turkish Air-force.

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The Turkish Army attacked Cyprus with full force. Turkish paratroopers were dropped on the Turkish enclaves in Nicosia - Agyrta. This re-enforcement was made again with American-made Bell helicopters similar to those used in Viet-Nam as you can see in the picture on the right.

The National Guard of Cyprus had some more luck with these forces, thus managing to extinguish the first waves of attacks, but eventually its forces were reduced considerably by the constant napalm bombings of the Turkish Air-force. 

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Turkish paratroopers waving their flag after being dropped inside the Nicosia-Agyrta enclave.

Please notice the heavy equipment each soldier is carrying during this unprovoked and terrorist attack of the Turkish State against the defenseless  island nation of Cyprus.

The first waves of these attacks suffered substantial losses due to the immediate reaction of the ELDYK (Hellenic Force of Cyprus) and the Cyprus National Guard in accordance to the Cyprus defence plan.

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Dramatic photograph of one of the counter-offensives of the ELDYK (Hellenic Force of Cyprus) against Turkish positions in the Nicosia-Agyrta enclave.

ELDYK proved to be the most efficient and best organized military unit for the defence of Cyprus, inflicting paramount losses on the Turkish invaders estimated to 2,000 dead men. (Note: ELDYK was comprised of only 450 newly recruited men, that had just arrived in Cyprus. They were armed with light semi-automatic infantry weapons M1 carbines, and with absolutely no support from artillery, tanks, nor any other mechanized means to assist them wage warfare.

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Turkish tank T-47 (NATO American-made) in flames after been hit by a 106mm anti-tank artillery unit of the Cyprus National Guard somewhere on Mount Pentadactylos. The Turkish invasion forces suffered considerable damage during the first phase of the Turkish invasion code-named ATTILA 1.

The Turkish Army, despite its huge superiority in navy, ground forces, and especially in Air Superiority, was totally unorganized. Prove of this was the fact that they mistakenly perceived the Greek Navy's Cargo Ship as a "Greek Armada" heading towards Cyprus and as a result they sunk their own flag ship Kotzatepe, and seriously damaged two other of their destroyers sailing at the area outside Paphos.

The Turkish General responsible for the Invasion (later killed by forces of the Cyprus National Guard) also confirmed that he maintained virtually no communication between Turkish units at any level. Their advantages were their massive numbers (40,000 men compared to 5,000) and superior firepower.

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Captured Turkish tank T-47 is driven back to the battle by a Greek tank crew. Despite their huge advantage in numbers, military materials, and in logistical support, the Turkish soldiers gained a reputation for being cowards at the battlefield, especially when facing some formidable resistance by the Cyprus National Guard.

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Turkish soldiers pray for their dead. The 1974 invasion against Cyprus had cost Turkey more than 3,000 dead soldiers, 14 military planes, and 1 warship. The war-ship Kotzatepe was the flagship of the Turkish navy at the time, and was sunk by the Turkish air-force by mistake.

Large proportions of the Turkish army, and especially the lower ranks of soldiers opposing the Turkish government and were sent to Cyprus to die anyway so that the Turkish government gets rid of them the easy way. Evidently, these soldiers were administered with drugs such as hashish to get them high in in many instances they were marching in front of the Greek positions and towards their death fully equipped and loaded with ammo but with their rifles hanging over their shoulders!

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The Turkish invasion of Cyprus had the objective of "takism" in other words the Ethnic Cleansing and final separation of the two communities (Greek and Turkish Cypriots). In order to achieve this objective the Turkish air-force was systematically bombing civilian targets in order to spread panic and force the civilians to flee from the towns onto the mountains. No Greek Cypriot ever left their homes in the occupied areas of Cyprus with their own will, and they will always struggle to return and settle back in their ancestors lands.

This photo was taken in the town of Famagusta, which is today a ghost town between the Cyprus government controlled area, and the occupied areas occupied ILLEGALLY by the Turkish army since 1974.

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The turkish air force merciless napalm bombings included numerous non-military targets inter alia hospitals, schools, hotels, elderly-houses, psychiatric clinics, Greek Orthodox monasteries, etc. On the photo you can see the results of one of these air-raids at the hospital of the town of Famagusta. The unfortunate patient lost his life under several tons of concrete, that crashed him after one of these cruel, barbaric, and unlawful Turkish air-raids.

The Turkish invasion against Cyprus caused 6,000 people killed which in USA proportions equivalents to 3,600,000 (three million six hundred thousand) people killed in a period of 25 days! You can now better see the devastating consequences the Turkish invasion had and still has on Cyprus.

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Cruel and bloody battles were carried out in neighborhoods of capital Nicosia which is today a divided city - the only divided city.

The Turkish forces managed to penetrate in the city of Nicosia mainly due to the intense and continuous air-raids and bombings against Cyprus National Guard positions by the Turkish air force.

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The Melconian Armenian School in Nicosia. It was and still is the biggest Armenian school in Cyprus and comprises of a Kindergarten, an Elementary School, a 6-year High School, as well as dormitories for children from other countries.

Although a clearly non-military target, the Melconian School is also turned into rubble and ruins during the 1974 Turkish invasion by the Turkish air force.

In the photo on the left you can see the burnt beds of the Dormitory of the Melconian Armenian School in Cyprus.

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Note: For the following images, parental guidance is advisable for viewers younger than 13years old.

Note: Parental guidance is advisable for viewers younger than 13years old.

The Turkish barbarism was once more revealed after the very first Turkish air raids. NAPALM arson bombs were the standard-issue weapon-of-choice of the Turkish air force that used them widely to cause havoc and panic inside the population of Cyprus. The usage of these bombs had tremendous results. The cost was great in both human lives as well as in the infrastructure and the forests of Cyprus. In this photo on the right, one Greek-Cypriot, victim of NAPALM bombs, while receiving treatment in a hospital.

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Note: Parental guidance is advisable for viewers younger than 13years old.

Burned to death victims of NAPALM arson bombs of the Turkish air force. NAPALM bombs were used during the bombings of military installations of the Cyprus National Guard, such as the military camps of Athalassa in Nicosia.

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Note: Parental guidance is advisable for viewers younger than 13years old.

In the photo on the right you can see the terrifying results from the burnings caused by NAPALM bombs of the Turkish air-force. The use of these bombs is a normal phenomenon by the barbarian Turks. The usage of these bombs has been prohibited due to the cruel death that inflicts upon its victim. Nevertheless the Turks still use them even today.

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The Turkish air force continued its systematic bombardment of non-military targets. These were civilian targets, such as villages, towns, hospitals, elderly houses, clinics, water tanks, power stations etcetera. This was done in order to spread terror amongst the public, force them to flee their homes and run for their lives, and consequently better facilitate the ethnic cleansing committed against the Greek and Turkish Cypriots in 1974. This Ethnic cleansing is continued even today by not allowing the return of ALL 200,000 GREEK-CYPRIOT REFUGEES back to their homes. This photo was taken at Yerolakkos village. You can see a huge crater caused by a 2000 pounds bomb.

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The photo on the left was taken inside a Turkish navy cargo ship bound to Adana, Turkey, full with Greek Cypriots POW (Prisoners Of War). These prisoners were transported to Turkey and many of them NEVER returned back. The conditions of their captivity was inhumane, with torture and death in many occasions. A total of 1619 persons were reported missing as a result of the Turkish invasion against Cyprus in 1974. Turkey is still denying to provide ANY information for their fortune. 

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The Turks showed no respect, and no appreciation for anybody. Not even sacred men of the cloth, i.e. Greek Orthodox priests and monks. None were saved from the wrath and hatred of the Turks against the small island nation of Cyprus. In the photo on the right a Greek Cypriot priest is dragged inside a Turkish ship by two Turkish solders with his hands tight-up behind his back, and his eyes blindfolded. The destination was the Turkish port of Adana, where many prisoners suffered tremendous tortures and even death.

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- CYPRUS 1974 - MISSING PERSONS -

During the 1974 barbaric Turkish invasion against Cyprus, the Turkish army arrested thousands of Greek-Cypriots. A total of 1619 persons were reported as missing as a result of the 1974 Turkish invasion against Cyprus. They transported many of them to Adana Turkey, or they detained them in Cyprus, either case in the most horrible conditions. Many of them were seen in captivity alive and well, by others who were released later. Turkey, stubbornly still refuses to disclose any information for their fortune, thus violating not only basic Human Rights, but also the International Law. Recently, the leader of the Turkish terrorist organisation TMT, Rauf Denktash, admitted publicly that many Greek Cypriots POWs (Prisoners of War) were slaughtered by Turkish militants. In the photo you can see Greek Cypriots being rounded up by the Turkish army.

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This photo was taken from the tower of a T-47 turkish tank by a Turkish news reporter. On the right you can see a Turkish armored personnel carrier vehicle M-113 (NATO -American Made), closing up on 5 Greek Cypriot soldiers of the Cyprus National Guard. This photo was published in the Turkish newspaper Gunaydin on the 25th of August 1974.

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Photo in continuation of the previous one. The Greek Cypriot soldiers were captured by Turkish troops. Turkish officer is offering a cigarette to one of the captured Greek Cypriots prisoners of war during the interrogation procedure.

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Photo in continuation of the previous ones. The Greek Cypriot soldiers were surrounded and captured by the Turkish army after the breakage of the Greek-Cypriot defense lines at "Mia Milia". "Mia Milia" is located north of the capital city of Nicosia. Forces of the Cyprus National Guard at Mia Milia defense lines were outflanked by a massive move of Turkish tanks from Nicosia (west) towards Famagusta (east) during the second phase of the Turkish invasion.
Since then, the fortune of these Greek-Cypriot soldiers, and many others, is still unknown.

The pictured Greek Cypriot soldiers have been identified as follows:
1. Korellis Antonakis, of Michael, 30 yrs old, from occupied
Kythrea, Cyprus.
2. Nicolaou Panicos, of Chrysostomos, 26 yrs old, from occupied
Achna, Cyprus.
3. Skordis Christophoros of George, 25 yrs old, from Idhalion, Cyprus.
4. Papayiannis Ioannis of Charalambos, 24 yrs old, from Aglantzia, Cyprus.
5. Hadjikyriacos Ioannis, of Charalambos, 19 yrs old, from occupied
Famagusta, Cyprus.

Turkey is still denying to provide ANY evidence for their fortune.

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Mothers and other relatives of the missing persons of Cyprus are the most tragic victims of all.

Since 1974, they live with the painful question of what have happened to their sons. The mothers of the missing persons are still continuing the struggle by being constantly present at the cease-fire line at Ledra Palace Hotel in divided capital Nicosia. There, they inform tourists and other visitors about the Turkish crimes and Turkish funded terrorism against Cyprus. In this way they deter most of them from visiting the illegally occupied areas of Cyprus, thus supporting economically and politically the occupation regime. For more detailed information regarding the humanitarian issue of the missing persons of Cyprus please CLICK HERE.

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A total of 1619 Greeks and Greek-Cypriots were reported as missing due to the Turkish military attack of Turkey against Cyprus July 20, 1974. The number of missing persons has been reduced to 1588 after the discovery of some remains and identified them using DNA identification methods. Between the identified  are 5 American citizens.
613 missing persons are civilians without any military capacity/identity, including 116 women, 484 were serving their compulsory military service at the time of the invasion, and finally 514 were reservists that were called on arms after the breakage of the Turkish invasion July 20 1974 to face the attacks. For more detailed information regarding the humanitarian issue of the
missing persons in Cyprus please CLICK HERE.

The photo at right was taken immediately after the Turkish invasion and depicts the drama of a Greek-Cypriot boy with tears in his eyes, while trying to locate both his parents.

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Turkey is stubbornly refusing to disclose ANY information that would lead to the discovery of the fortune of any of the missing persons of Cyprus.

In this way it prolongs the injustice inflicted upon the Greek Cypriots, and particularly the pain of the relatives of the missing persons. The only identification of 5 bodies of missing persons was done by an Americans delegation to identify the remains of 5 Greek Cypriot descent, American citizens. The American team was sent to the occupied areas of Cyprus after direct pressures to the White House by the Hasapis family. For more detailed information regarding the humanitarian issue of the missing persons of Cyprus please CLICK HERE.

In the photo, a young Greek Cypriot girl, with tears in her eyes, is trying to find her family.

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Since 1974, numerous demonstrations took place, both in Cyprus, and abroad, demanding the release of any information that would lead to the discovery of the fortune of the missing persons of the 1974 Cyprus tragedy. The struggle of the Greek Cypriots will continue until the fortune of the last missing person is revealed.

In the photo, young Greek Cypriots ask to find out the fortune of their fathers. They hold signs "FREE OUR FATHERS". For more information Click HERE.

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-200,000 GREEK-CYPRIOT REFUGEES-

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First steps in life as refugees. Young Greek Cypriot children playing inside the temporary refugee camps. These refugee camps were set up immediately after the 1974 Turkish invasion to relief a great number of Greek Cypriot refugees which totals 200,000 and comprise 1/3 of the total population of Cyprus. Since 1974, no refugee has been permitted to return back to his/her home despite the International outcry, the countless UN resolutions (that ask the immediate withdrawal of all Turkish Troops and the immediate return of ALL refugees back to their homes), and the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) that convicted Turkey for violating these rights to Greek-Cypriots, lawful owners and inhabitants in the occupied part of Cyprus.

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The violent expatriation from the natural homeland, caused a lot both materialistic as well as psychologically, especially for the young Greek Cypriot children. In the photo on the right, two Greek Cypriot children are sitting amongst bags of supplies, foods, and olive oil containers! The fear, and desperation is more than obvious and shown on their faces as a result of the Turkish invasion and occupation, that forced them violently, to become refugees overnight.

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Greek Cypriot refugees in their own country. Based on comparison figures, in a case of a similar disaster, the United States of America would have lost 40% of their territory, they would have had 120,000,000 refugees ethnically cleansed from 40% of the country and consequently dispose  them on the remaining 60% of the country overnight. There would have been one million missing persons, 3,600,000 dead and a loss of 60% of natural and economic resources. Moreover, the capital Washington D.C., as well as Boston Massachusetts would have been divided (the case of capital Nicosia), and finally San Francisco would have been evacuated during the invasion, ending up to be a ghost town (The case of Famagusta). Can you imagine the atrocious consequences the 1974 Turkish invasion had on Cyprus? For more information, Click HERE.

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These Greek Cypriot children continue to play without fully understanding and appreciating the terrible consequences of the 1974 Turkish invasion. As time passes by, these bitter memories for the terrible injustice would poison the innocence of their young souls.  In the photo, the children are setting and decorating the Christmas Tree for Christmas 1974 using a dry branch of a tree and an artillery empty shell. For more information regarding the Cyprus problem, Click HERE.

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Classes carried out inside refugee camps tents. As a result of the Turkish invasion and occupation of 37% of Cyprus by Turkish military forces, Cyprus lost more than 100 Greek Elementary and High Schools. Greek-Cypriot students were forced to attend classes inside refugee camps tents for the school year 1974-1975, and even 1975-1976 that were set up specifically for this reason. The conditions were harsh since there was not adequate lighting, neither heating. Still, life had to go on with all means available.

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-Occupied GREEK ORTHODOX Churches and Monasteries in CYPRUS-

Map of Cyprus with indication of major Christian Greek Orthodox monasteries in Cyprus. 
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The photo archive that follows is a small list of Christian Greek Orthodox monasteries and churches in occupied Cyprus, that depicts the general picture of total destruction and desertion due to the continuous occupation of part of Cyprus by Turkish military forces.

The famous Greek Orthodox Monastery of Apostle Andreas (Andrew) located on the eastern edge of the Karpasia peninsula in Occupied Cyprus. Its fame is that much that even Muslim Turkish Cypriots are worshipping there. It is said to be the most famous monastery of Cyprus. Unfortunately the monastery is in very bad condition due to the lack of proper maintenance and no proper repair for many years.

Recently, and after the persistent and prolonged outcry and condemnation by the International Community, the European Union, the UNESCO, and the Cyprus government, the Turkish military occupation regime has allowed Greek Cypriots to visit and perform liturgy during the Greek Orthodox Easter celebrations.

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The famous Greek Orthodox Monastery of Apostle Varnavas (Barnabas), founder of the Christian Greek Orthodox Church of Cyprus. It was built on the location where the holy body of Apostle Varnavas was found buried, holding the Holy Bible in his hands, in Famagusta district. It has been ILLEGALLY converted by the Turkish military authorities into a museum and tourist attraction. There, the Turkish thieves transferred many Ancient Holy Byzantine Icons from plundered and looted Greek Orthodox churches and monasteries in the occupied areas of Cyprus to show to tourists that they "respect" the Greek cultural civilization.
Other ancient Greek treasures, including the private collection of Christakis Hadjiprodromou in 22 Eleftherias Street in Famagusta occupied Cyprus were looted and some of them are now illegally exhibited by the Turks in the Greek Orthodox Monastery of Apostle Varnavas in occupied Cyprus (Around 850 items from the original 2,000 are exhibited illegally, whereas many of them were spotted by the Interpol in Great Britain and were repatriated).

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The Greek Orthodox church of Santa Anastasia (Resurrection) and the B' Elementary School of Lapithos town in Kyrenia district. Lapithos, (or Lambousa in the Ancient Greek Archaic dialect) was built by the Lakons/ Lacons (Ancient Greek Spartans) and more specifically from Kifeas and Praxandros. The Greek Orthodox Church and the Greek School in the photo, have been converted into a motel, and a tourist attraction, for visitors that ILLEGALLY visit the occupied areas of Cyprus. These visitors, with their economic contribution, help in prolonging the military occupation of Cyprus. For more information about occupied Lapithos, click HERE.

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The Christian Greek Orthodox Church of Archangel Michael in occupied town of Lefkoniko. Before the invasion Lefkoniko constituted the backbone of the Greek Elementary and High School Education for the entire area of Mesaoria, in Famagusta district, Cyprus. Today the Christian Greek Orthodox Church of Archangel Michael has been looted, deserted and destroyed as a result of the continuous Turkish military occupation of 37% of Cyprus. For more information about the town of Lefkoniko, click HERE.

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The Christian Greek Orthodox church of Saint Mamas and the Headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of occupied Morphou. Morphou was built by the Lakons/ Lacons (Ancient Greek Spartans) and up until the 1974 Turkish military invasion was one of the richest areas of Cyprus. Morphou was famous for its citrus produce, its pioneering in water distribution and also for discovering new methods of harvesting and maximizing production. Morphou also pioneered in the development of COOP Banking institutions for the trade of the produce and also housed the Agricultural School of Cyprus. 
Turkish Military Occupation Regime's Standards of Freedom:
In April 23, 2003 the Turkish occupation regime, bending from the intense criticism and pressure both locally and internationally, has begun allowing Greek Cypriots to visit the occupied areas of Cyprus as ... tourists. When the Bishop of Morphou visited the Saint Mamas to perform the Liturgy, so called "police-officers" of the Turkish occupation regime, stormed the Church shouting "OUT" "OUT", effectively stopped the Holy liturgy, threw the Greek Orthodox Bishop out of the Church and told him not to think of going there again!!! Subsequently they locked and secured all doors.

For more information about Morphou click HERE.

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The ancient (11th century), Byzantine Christian Greek Orthodox monastery of Saint John Chrysostom in occupied Kyrenia district, Cyprus. The monastery is located on Pentadactylos Mount range.

The monastery has been destroyed by the barbarian Turkish military and occupation forces, and also by occasional looters and plunderers of Ancient Greek and Greek Orthodox Religious treasures. All destruction took place in the aftermath of the 1974 Turkish invasion against Cyprus.

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