With the recent turmoil regarding the town of Varoshia, the words of the German journalist and writer Klaus Liebe, who lived for some months in Cyprus during 1974, come to mind (pub. 1986). He found Famagusta a case representative of the whole of Cyprus and claimed that:

Famagusta remains a clash of two worlds or an allegory of the fact that the extremes in the end eventually merge into one another. What cannot be disputed is that it reminds us Europeans of the history that formed us and rekindles all the old anxieties. Time has stood still here, one thinks at first. Only later does one realize that this is not exactly correct. Time has also moved on here, but the people of the island never cut themselves off from the past as we have done in the heretic West. They have simply taken it with them. And kept it with them. It is part of them. This is the most distinctive feature of Cyprus. A living history…