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  Cyprus
What happened?
Why is Cyprus divided?
Greek Cypriots
Turkish Cypriots
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Cyprus factfile

 
Crowds cross the Green Line What happened?

People in Cyprus are now allowed to cross a boundary called the Green Line. This had split the island since 1974.

Everyone from Cyprus is called a Cypriot, but there are two groups of Cypriots with very separate identities.

1. Greek-Cypriots
Live in the south and centre of the island.

2. Turkish-Cypriots
Live in the north of the island

At many times in history the Greek and Turkish Cypriots have lived together peacefully, but there has also been a lot of tension and violence.

Right now the island is divided and the two communities live separately. But on April 23 2003 a big change took place.

The authorities in the north of the island opened the boundary that separated the two groups.


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