1974 Invasion by Turkey
2001 marks the 27th tragic anniversary of Turkey’s invasion of Cyprus. As a result, an estimated 35,000 heavily armed Turkish troops continue to occupy 37% of Cyprus’ territory.
Nearly 200,000 Greek Cypriots, who fell victim of a policy of ethnic cleansing, were forcibly evicted from their homes and became refugees in their own country. 1493 Greek Cypriots, including four Americans of Cypriot descent, have been missing since the Turkish invasion of 1974 and their fate is still unaccounted for.
The remains of another Cypriot American who was also missing have been found and identified in 1997, following an investigation mandated by Congressional request.