THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE TURKISH INVASION AND OCCUPATION IN FACTS AND FIGURES
37% of the territory of the Republic of Cyprus is under occupation.
200,000 Greek Cypriots – one third of the total population – were displaced from the occupied northern part, where they comprised 80% of the inhabitants, and are being kept away from their homes and properties, while the Turkish Cypriots in the free areas were forcibly transported by their leadership to the occupied areas.
1,491 people continue to be to date missing and the Turkish side refuses to cooperate to determine their fate.
Only a few hundred enclaved (out of 20,000 at the end of 1974) still stay in their occupied villages and live under conditions of oppression, intimidation and deprivation.
40,000 Turkish troops, equipped with modern weapons and backed by the air force and navy, continue to be stationed in the occupied region.
About 120,000 settlers from Anatolia have been transferred and installed in the occupied area, aiming at the changing the island’s demographic structure.
40,000 Turkish Cypriots out of 103,000 have emigrated since 1974 from the occupied areas (according to Turkish Cypriot newspaper Yeniduzen, 30/8/94) due to the economic, social and moral abjection there.
The occupation regime methodically implements a long-term plan to eradicate the 9,000-year-old cultural and historical inheritance of the occupied areas:
- At least 55 churches have been transformed into mosques.
- About 50 other churches and monasteries have turned into warehouses, barns, inns, museums, cinemas and public toilets, or have been demolished.
- The cemeteries of at least 25 villages have been desecrated and ruined.
- Uncountable icons, church vessels and all kinds of archaeological treasures are being stolen and sent abroad.
- Illegal excavations and flagrant exploitation of antiquities is going on.
- The Greek place names have been arbitrarily turned into Turkish names.
78 UN Security Council resolutions and 13 General Assembly resolutions on Cyprus between 1974 and 1999 are being blatantly ignored by Turkey.
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