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2012 Public Lecture

      The Geostrategic Importance of Cyprus: Long Term Trends and Prospects

Dr Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cyprus


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Wednesday, 25 January 2012




Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE


Professor Kevin Featherstone, Hellenic Observatory Director

Dr Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis spoke of the historical significance of Cyprus within the eastern Mediterranean as an island that had been an interest of successive great powers. 

Control of the island had passed between different empires, indicating the primacy of each within particular periods. The impact of the 1974 Turkish invasion has been tragic and long-term. The indigenous history and resources of the island have been very rich, however. 

Today, it is necessary to remind everyone of the importance of re-unifying all the peoples and ethnic communities of the island. Membership of the European Union has given new opportunities to build confidence on the island. 

Now, the discovery of very extensive fossil fuel deposits in the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus gives further hope by providing means to help secure the future of the island for all its peoples. 

Related press coverage: BBC World Service-Turkish service



From left to right: 
H.E. the Cyprus High Commissioner - Mr Alexandros Zenon;
Minister Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, Professor Kevin Featherstone; 
LSE Pro-Director Janet Hartley &
H.E. the Ambassador of Greece - Mr Aristidis Sandis

Minister Kozakou-Marcoullis &
Professor Featherstone during the Q&A Session

The audience in the Sheikh Zayed Theatre




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