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Old Yesterday, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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Varosha A Ghost Town in Cyprus
The suburb of Varosha in the city of Famagusta was a victim of the 1974 war in Cyprus, leaving it abandoned to this day. A coup supported by Greece led Turkey to invade the north of the island to protect the Turkish minority living there and protect democracy. Since then, the island has been divided and all efforts to reunite the divided community have failed. Many of the buildings in the buffer zone between the two sides were abandoned and have been decaying since the war. Talks continue to try bring the two communities in Cyprus together but even 40 years later, they remain divided and suspicious of each other.

so sad that this once vibrant holiday resort is left to decay.. Varosha - A Ghost Town in Cyprus
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Old Yesterday, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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Some 40,000 people forced from their homes and you are saddened that international jet-setters lose access to about 1% of the Cyprus beach. I was in Varosha several times before it was abandoned.
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Old Today, 01:03 AM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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Some 40,000 people forced from their homes and you are saddened that international jet-setters lose access to about 1% of the Cyprus beach. I was in Varosha several times before it was abandoned.
Now I didnt mean that so please dont be picky over a history thread ...I read and understand the people who had to leave but these same people needed the holidaymakers too remember...the rich and famous brought in revenue and made the place well known it seems..
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Old Today, 03:12 AM
 
Location: London
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The British troops based on the island watched as the Turks came ashore. The British had a policy of not interfering in the ex colonies. A HMG wise-in-hindsight report a few years after said they should have stopped them landing.

But again, being wise-in-hindsight, it is best the island is divided then they cannot kill each other. With the rise of Muslim extremists in the past 40 years Cyprus would have been a bloodbath.

The British influence in Cyprus very strong.
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