Published on : Friday, November 24, 2017
Reportedly the Israeli tourists had arrived at Larnaca airport on the Greek Cypriot-controlled side of the island on Tuesday. But then they were all detained after officers were told that they actually wanted to travel to the Turkish Cypriot-controlled north.
Officially, Northern Cyprus broke away from the globally recognized Republic of Cyprus in the year 1983 nine years after a Turkish military intervention divided the island into a Turkish Cypriot north and Greek Cypriot south after a few years of inter-communal violence.
Though there are currently no ways to check the tendency of tourists to cross into the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) from the south, Greek Cypriot authorities have been strengthening controls on travelling to the north reunification talks that had collapsed earlier this year.
The authorities in southern Nicosia, the divided capital of the island refers to the breakaway north as the ‘Turkish-occupied area’.
The Greek Cypriot administration feels that it is illegal for tourists heading to Cyprus to enter from Turkish Cypriot-controlled ports. Earlier during this week the foreign ministry of the Greek Cypriot administration issued a reminder of a previous advisory warning tourists not to visit the north.