Managing heritage in the wake of war and conflict in Cyprus
Balderstone, Susan 2007, Managing heritage in the wake of war and conflict in Cyprus, in Extreme heritage : ICOMOS conference held at James Cook University, Cairns, 19-21 July 2007, James Cook University, Cairns, Qld., pp. 1-14.
Extreme heritage : ICOMOS conference held at James Cook University, Cairns, 19-21 July 2007
Australia International Council on Monuments and Sites Conference
James Cook University
Place of publication
In the wake of a Greece-inspired coup against the Greek Cypriot President of Cyprus in 1974, the Turkish military occupied the northern third of the island and continues to do so. Ethnic communities are still separated: Greek Cypriots moved to the south and Turkish Cypriots to the north. This paper covers issues raised by the bi-communal conservation projects resulting from the European Union’s Partnership for the Future Programme being implemented by the United Nations Development Programme. The projects require co-operation between mutually distrustful, fearful and disdainful communities for the sake of common objectives – social and economic wellbeing. Cyprus has apparently opted for conflict management rather than resolution, with both sides focused on achieving prosperity. Heritage conservation has become a tool for peaceful co-existence and mutual pride. Initially the projects involved places of shared heritage rather than places reinforcing the separate cultural identities of the communities. Loss of cultural identity is a concern of both communities. Ongoing operational issues derive from the illegality of the Turkish government in the north and the repercussions of this for international aid. The paper will contribute to the conference theme by exploring the professional challenges related to these issues and their possible resolution.