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The Green Line in Nicosia: From Ceasefire Line to North-South Border

di Alexis Rappas
in Memoria e Ricerca n.s. 39 (2012), p. 79

This paper offers to disentangle the multiple geographies – local, regional and global –, in which the wall of Nicosia, Cyprus, is inserted. Specifically, while acknowledging its central role in identity-formation among Greek and Turkish Cypriots, it argues that perpetual representations of the Green Line as a site of interethnic or international conflict overshadow its current geopolitical significance as a global frontier of Europe. Key words: Colonialism, Official memory, social practice, immigration, activism, ethnic conflict