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Exploring myths and realities in the Cyprus problem: some examples from 1963-64

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In almost all conflicts myths arise. Myths are false or inaccurate theories that become embedded in the psychological framework of a conflict and, by doing so, help to perpetuate differences between the parties. Thus myths, in themselves, can often prove to an important factors that result in the prolongation of conflicts. This piece examines the case of Cyprus 1963-64 and explodes three important myths that have arisen in the Cyprus conflict, and each of which is still used as an argument to this day. The first myth is the Greek Cypriot belief that the Treaty of Guarantee has been a detrimental force in Cyprus. The second myth is the Turkish Cypriot belief that at all stages in the Cyprus conflict Athens has manipulated the Greek Cypriots. The third and final myth is the belief held by both Greek and Turkish Cypriots that their respective motherlands have always promoted their best interests during discussions about Cyprus.

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http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/24803/

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