National Geographic : 1993 Jul
CYPRUS A Time of Reckoning For millennia Cyprus has endured the conquests of foreigners besetting its rocky shores with the regularity of tides. In the 1950s the island's ethnic Greek and Turkish communities began to turn against each other, leading to a UN presence in 1964, four years after independence from Britain. Following a Greek-led coup and the landing of Turkish forces on the island in 1974, Cyprus split into two hostile enclaves. This year UN brokered peace negotiations reflect a new urgency to resolve decades of bitter dispute.