The Republic of Cyprus

A Study in International Law


The island of Cyprus has been the scene of one of the most tragic conflicts in post-war Europe. A country with a long and rich tradition and much to contribute to all of the cultures of the Mediterranean, Cyprus has been torn apart almost since the day of its independence. Since 197, more than a third of the island has been occupied by Turkey. Attempts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict has come and gone but the status quo, branded as unacceptable by the United Nations, has remained. Why this is so has already been the subject of many studies. Few, however, have analysed in any detail the position of Cyprus in international law. Yet an understanding of how the rule of law in international society applies to Cyprus is essential to a proper understanding of the Cyprus question.
In his new book, Dr Chrysostomides offers just such an analysis, examining with great care the constitutional history of the Republic of Cyprus, the legal principles applicable to the Turkish invasion of 10974 and subsequent occupation and the substantial body of case law and State practice regarding Cyprus since that date. He discusses the competing legal arguments concerning the application of the Republic of Cyprus to join the European Union, the controversial decisions of the European Court and commission of Human Rights, and the debates regarding the status of the occupied northern part of Cyprus. His conclusion is that the Republic of Cyprus has had a continuous existence as a State – and as the only State on the island of Cyprus – since 1960, notwithstanding all of the violations of international law to which it has been subjected.
From the Foreword by Christopher Greenwood, QC

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' [W]hile there have been many books written about Cyprus, few have tackled the International Law implications. This one contributes possibly the most detailed analysis to date, thus making it one of the jewels in the crown of country studies depicting a host of unresolved International Law issues.' ASIL Newsletter UN21 Interest Group, January 2002.
Foreword. Preface. Abbreviations. Part On: Preliminary. Introduction. I. Historical overview. Part Two: Establishment – Crisis and Continuity (1960–1974). II. The Creation of the Republic of Cyprus. III. Crisis and Continuity of the Republic of Cyprus (1963–1964 and 1974 coup). Part Three: Invasion and Occupation 1974 and After. IV. The Military Invasion of 1974 and the Continuati of the Occupation. V. The Effects of the Turkish Invasion `Ethnic Cleansing'. VI. United Nations Peace Keeping in Cyprus – the So-called `Buffer Zone'. Part Four: The Proclamation of a Puppet Regime. VII. `Unilateral Declaration of Independence' Contrary to International Law. VIII. Decisions of International and National Courts in relation to the Present Situation in Cyprus. IX. Further Ramifications under International Law. Part Five: Federalisation and Efforts for a Solution. X. The Federating Process and International Law. XI. The Long Process of Negotiations, the Positions of the Two Sides and the United Nations' Involvement. XII. An Evaluation of the Set of Ideas on an Overall Framework Agreement on Cyprus. Part Six: The European Union and Cyprus. XIII. Accession of Cyprus to the European Union. Epilogue. Postscript. Annexes. Bibliography. Index.