icons and frescoes have disappeared into scattered private collections. It is one of the most systematic examples of the looting of art since World War II.
The Turks say they would do more to help [protect these monuments] - if they were not under international embargo. Any international aid to Cyprus has to be channelled through the Government in the south, and the Turkish Cypriot authorities refuse to accept its legitimacy. "As you know, because of the politically unrecognised conditions of northern Cyprus we are facing lots of problems", says Hassan Tekel, the director of antiquities in the Famagusta region. "For example, we don't have any international support, not even from Unesco."
For a brief timeline: Greek Reporter, 'Shocking Photos for 40-Year Anniversary of Turkish Invasion of Cyprus – Timeline of a Crisis', Jul 20, 2014