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Nicosia, (Greek: Lefkosia), North Cyprus, 19 April 2008. A family walk through Lokmaci passage in the UN buffer zone (Green line) and checkpoint, in divided Nicosia. The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), commonly called Northern Cyprus, is a de facto independent republic located in the north of Cyprus. The TRNC declared its independence in 1983, nine years after a Greek Cypriot coup attempting to annex the island to Greece triggered an invasion by Turkey. It has received diplomatic recognition only from Turkey, on which it has become dependent for economic, political and military support. The rest of the international community, including the United Nations and European Union, recognizes the sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus over the territory of the TRNC.
- Ezequiel Scagnetti / Invision
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