Zenon Rossides

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From card catalog: Zenon Rossides, Ambassador of Cyprus to the UN talks about the Cyprus crisis. Traces its origin to British colonial policy and Turkish intervention. Explains why partition is impossible and calls on the UN to insure self-determination for the Cypriot. Questions and answers.

Host introduces Rossides. Rossides gives brief history of Cyprus, specifically the Cyprus constitution and clashes with Turkey and Great Britain. Denial of people of Cyprus to their rights and independence. Origins of the trouble in Cyprus rely on the policy of divide and rule: Greeks and Turks cannot live together. Petitioning the island with the purpose of annexing part of it has been the main cause of trouble in Cyprus. All citizens had to be identified as either Greek or Turk to receive rights, which left out many minorities. Integration of courts. Violation of democratic norms. Cyprus wants full independence, majority rule, and self determination.

Q&A: Why is Turkey so interested in Cyprus? Withdrawing UN forces in Cyprus? Would Turkey approve changes in the constitution?

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 70490
Municipal archives id: T593