Why do Greek Cypriots call Turkey the aggressor?
Since the 1950s, there has been bad blood between Turkey and Greece over Cyprus. Turkey intervened in 1974 after a coup staged by supporters of union with Greece; the conflict has been frozen since then. Greek Cyprus joined the European Union in May 2004, only a week after the Greek Cypriot population by a decisive majority voted down the UN plan for the reunification of the island, adding to the complication of the conflict. EU-member Greek Cyprus has strengthened its international position at the cost of Turkish Cypriots.
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