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Architecture engineering, Political science, Environmental sciences (social aspects, Cultural and economic geography, History
This article is a critical commentary on the speculative physical development that occurred in North Cyprus in the period following the defeat of the Kofi Annan Plan (2004) for a political settlement for the islanders.
The rejection of the Annan V Plan by Greek Cypriot voters, and its acceptance by Turkish Cypriots, was interpreted and manipulated by certain political forces and vested interests in the TRNC as a carte blanche to ‘improve’ by development, property with Greek Cypriot title deeds. After the failed referendum the physical development of North Cyprus escalated at a gigantic rate. According to one ex-patriot: “In the area around Morphou-Guzelyurt the clear understanding among many locals was - ‘build on it and its yours’ - with many local TRNC press reports at the time hinting at a nod of approval from Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan.”
Roche, J. (2013). The new ruins of north Cyprus. Politico, 19 January, 2013. Online at http://politico.ie/world/new-ruins-north-cyprus