The British Rule

The British marched their way right into the territory almost as soon as the Ottoman Empire came to an end.  A concurrence established between them and the Turks, that the residing community would have power over most of the native colony while the management matters would be looked over by the British. The foreign invaders wanted to have adequate power so that they’d secure a calculated settlement from where they could keep an eye on martial and marketable movements.

The British rule was welcomed with enthusiasm from the Greeks, as they assumed that eventually the result would be in their favor in the form of Cyprus uniting with Greece. The Turks, however, were less fervent. The British put together an action plan of uniting Cyprus with Greece in early 1915, on condition that Greece completed its treaty formalities towards Serbia when it was attacked by Bulgaria. The Greek government opposed this law and the offer of uniting Cyprus with Greece was never extended towards them again.

Each government in Greece and Turkey began to take active interest in political matters and regulations established by the British. In 1959, The Greek control and the Turkish supervision met in Zürich, to reach a negotiation. They drew the conclusion that independence would be granted to the island under assured state of affairs that would be satisfactory for both sides.

Cyprus would not enter into any sociopolitical union as well as economic issues with both the countries, nor would it ask for a partition.  Political powers were shared with both the countries.

The three countries, Britain, Greece and Turkey were guaranteed powers of Cyprus, which means any matter to be discussed or solved would go straight to them, making sure that by prevailing in their matters, the independence of Cyprus was not breached in any way.

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