Cyprus's Greek community has long desired enosis, political union of Cyprus with Greece, for a long time.
This demand has touched off political violence from time to time between Greek and Turkish factions starting with the riots of 1931.
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In 1983, the Turkish-controlled sector proclaimed its independence as the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. The Republic of Cyprus is recognized by the United Nations and other governments, but it controls only the Greek Cypriot areas of the island.
Leaders of the two communities have not been able to resolve their problems over the partitioned (divided) island.
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The first significant arrival of Cyprus-born immigrants in Victoria began after World War II, in response to a politically unstable homeland.
The Victorian Cypriot population increased from just 169 in 1947 to 2,396 in 1954.
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UK-Cyprus Enterprise Council was established in London in December 2013.
With offices in Mayfair and Hertfordshire, the Council has been set up by British Cypriot entrepreneurs and professional people and acts as a vehicle for the promotion of bilateral trade between the UK and Cyprus, the development of UK/Cyprus partnerships in a variety of fields and the encouragement of inward investment into the island.
The island's rich copper deposits first appealed to the foreign powers from the eastern Mediterranean coast.