World Bulletin / News Desk
Photographs of the Greek Cypriot football team Apollon Limassol touring the Sumela Monastry in Turkey’s Trabzon province have been released. The team, which was in Trabzon for a match with Turkey's Trabzonspor on November 27, is well-known for its ties with far-right Greek nationalism.
The team took a tour of the ancient 1,600 year old Orthodox Christian monastery, which was reopened for Christian monks by Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2010 after it had been shut down by the Turkish government in 1923 after a population exchange agreement with Greece saw Christians in Anatolia swapped with Muslims in Greece, leaving the monastery abandoned.
What is interesting is the fact that none of the photographs feature the team sporting the flag of the Greek Cypriot-controlled southern Cyprus. Instead, the team chose to unfurl the Greece flag.
While peace talks aiming to unite the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and the Greek- Cypriot controlled south of the island as a bi-zonal federal state have resumed between the TRNC president Dervis Eroglu and Greek Cypriot president Nicolas Anastasiadis, the insistence of Greek Cypriots on the Greece flag instead of their own flag raises the suspicions of Turkish Cypriots who still fear that their Greek Cypriot counterparts still dream of uniting the island with Greece, a dream otherwise known as ‘enosis’.
Although Greece and the Greek Cypriot controlled Republic of Cyprus are internationally recognized as two separate states, even in the Greek Cypriot controlled south of Cyprus, Greece flags still fly side-by-side with the their own flag.Last Mod: 30 Kasım 2013, 12:37