NICOSIA — Three days ahead of the July 20 anniversary of the start of a 1974 invasion of Cyprus, where it still occupies the northern third of the island, Turkey's National Defense Ministry posted photos boasting about a peace operation
Four shots were tweeted showing Turkish troops coming off a landing craft sloshing through water to get onto a beachhead as the state-run Anadolu News Agency said it was a “large-scale military intervention to protect Turkish Cypriots from the violence that struck the island in 1974.”
“Turkey's military intervention as a guarantor power in 1974 had stopped years-long persecution and violence against Turkish Cypriots by ultra-nationalist Greek Cypriots,” the news agency said as Turkey denies it was an invasion the same way it has denied committing any genocides.
Turkey said the operation in 1974 was done because of what it said was a coup on Cyprus ordered by the military Junta in Greece and staged by the Cypriot National Guard along with EOKA-B, a Greek-Cypriot paramilitary organization.
The aim, said Turkey was the union (enosis) of Cyprus with Greece.