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The War Report: Armed Conflict in 2014 edited by Bellal, Annyssa (1st December 2015)

Part II Situations of Armed Conflict in 2014, Situations of Armed Conflict in 2014, Military occupation of Cyprus by Turkey in 2014

Annyssa Bellal

From: The War Report: Armed Conflict in 2014

Edited By: Annyssa Bellal

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 25 April 2019

Subject(s):
Armed conflict, international — Armed conflict, non-international — Belligerence — Belligerents — Armed forces

This chapter discusses Turkey's ongoing military occupation of Cyprus in 2014. Unlike other international armed conflicts (IAC), no casualties were recorded for 2014. Both countries are bound by conventional international humanitarian and human rights law, including customary international humanitarian law (IHL). Tensions between the two nations began in 1974 when Turkey invaded the north in response to a military coup on the island backed by the Greek government. Cyprus was then effectively partitioned with the northern third inhabited by Turkish Cypriots and the southern two-thirds by Greek Cypriots. In 1983, the northern third declared itself as the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, a state only recognised by Turkey, which is believed to be maintaining more than 10,000 troops in the north of the island. With the intervention of the UN in 2004, talks of reunification between the two began, and are still ongoing as of May of 2015.

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