Cypriot is the term used for the natives of the island of Cyprus both being Turkish and Greek Cypriot. Turkish Cypriots had inhabited the island for 400 years during the rule of the Ottoman Empire. During this period the Turkish Cypriots had become the majority on the island. During the rule of the Ottoman Empire, all peoples of Cyprus including the Turks, Greeks and Maronites amongst more were free to live their lives the way they wanted and were free to believe in what they wanted. After Cyprus had become independant from Britain in 1960, many Turkish Cypriots were forced to immigrate to Britain or Australia because the discrimination they faced from the Majority of the Racsist Greek Cypriots at the time. The Greek Cypriots were trying to wipe out the Turkish Cypriots off the island by the means of mass murder. If it wasn't for the intervention of Turkey Turkish Cypriots would have all been killed by those cowards called the Greek Cypriots. Ne Mutlu Turkum Diyene
Cyprus, Turk, Greek, Maronite, TRNC, Turkish Cypriot
by Ahmet Barut September 05, 2007
There are Turkish Cypriots and there are Greek Cypriots.

Most Turkish Cypriots began coming to Cyprus in 1571; thus, it is not justified to chastice them for using the term 'Cypriot' when they have been on the island for over 400 years. It is true that post-1974 Turks (Anatolian settlers) are around, but it would be ignorant to say that authentic Turkish Cypriots have 'ceased to exist' because of this. Anyway, many Turks and Turkish Cypriots have intermarried as well, and their children were born on Cyprus, making them just as Cypriot as anyone else in my book.

Greek Cyprus's population isn't pure Greek Cypriot either. Saying that a third of the island does not exist will not solve anything.

It is also impossible to ignore that Cypriot culture has been heavily influenced by the Ottoman era. Thus, the 'Cypriots' mentioned in the definitions above or below (Greek and Turk alike) indulge themselves on Turkish coffee, eat dolma (dolmades), meza (mezades), etc. The only major difference between Greek and Turkish Cypriots is, in fact, their respective religions and allegances to mother countries such as Greece and Turkey.

I am an authentic Turkish Cypriot and when I hear a Greek Cypriot say I do not exist I am filled with inmeasurable pride for who I am. You can say I don't exist, but you can't take that pride away.
The Greek Cypriot buffer zone guard grins and asks, "Are you Turkish?"

The man smiles and responds, "I am Cypriot."
by Julian 'the Turk' Hasan June 29, 2006

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