Monday, 16 January 2017
The Promise of a New Dawn
Cyprus is a country I have visited many times and the photographs I have included in this post are ones I took many years ago in and around the capital Nicosia.
With so many bad news stories coming from all over the world at present, it is nice to read some while not good news, but promising news.
The island of Cyprus has been divided since 1974, due to a Turkish invasion, sanctioned by Athens, Greece, in response to an attempted military coup. This in turn caused the country to split into two, with residents being uprooted from their homes and land.
Turkish Cypriots having to leave their homes in the south and Greek Cypriots having to abandon their homes and life in the north. Which now means that Greek-Cypriots now live on the south of the island and Turkish-Cypriots living in the north. A buffer zone in Nicosia, is policed by the UN, its airport, hotels and commercial areas lie abandoned. Time standing still; frozen in 1974.
However, talks to reunify the island have been taking place in Geneva, and they say that a deal is close to being agreed.
We can only hope that an agreement can be made. In the words of American essayist and poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson, (1803-1882 ) "Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn."