This paper describes some basic parameters of Turkish foreign policy and analyses how these are applied in Ankara's policy toward Cyprus in the context of the bilateral Turkish-Greek and Turkish-EU relations. It is shown that the policy of dividing the island (taksim) is a long term policy which began in the 1950s and reached a negative climax in 1974. Since then Ankara and its henchmen in the north of Cyprus have been steering a course of intransigence which ironically enough recently blocked Ankara's road to the EU.
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