UN Peacekeeping in Cyprus: So Much for Deterrence

In Hans Christian Anderson’s children’s classic The Emperor’s New Clothes, the unfortunate emperor parades around the streets in his birthday suit, confident that his fine garments are seen by everyone except him. Tragically, the emperor’s pride begets, ahem, the naked truth: He is indeed au naturel for the entire kingdom to see.

Much is the same, figuratively speaking, with the United Nations peacekeeping force in Cyprus, known as the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s announcement of what Greek Cypriots call an “indirect land grab” by Turkey of the Cypriot beach town of Varosha last month shows that despite the presence of an international military presence intended to de-escalate tensions between north and south, UNFICYP is no deterrent to Turkish aggression.

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Πηγή: realclearworld.com

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