Under an umbrella in the middle of Ledras street, we found the checkpoint between Republic Cyprus and “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus”. We watched people entering Northern Cyprus freely. When they return from the north, it seemed that they need to produce their passport. I was tempted to venture into Northern Cyprus but decided not to take the risk.
Cyprus was settled by the Greeks more than 1,000 years BC. It was, in turn, occupied by the Assyrians, Egyptians, Persians, Romans, Byzantines, … Between 1571 and 1878 it was occupied by the Ottoman Empire and Turks settled in the north. In 1914 Cyprus was annexed by the British. In 1960 Cyprus became independent. In 1974 Turkey invaded and occupied northern Cyprus. In 1983 the occupied north declared independence but was recognised only by Turkey. Nicosia has remained divided ever since.
Cyprus history has taken many turns. Will the north and the south reunite? Who knows?