Memorial to the Greco-Turkish alliance

Μνημείο Ελληνοτουρκικής Φιλίας (4)n Μνημείο Ελληνοτουρκικής Φιλίας (5)n Μνημείο Ελληνοτουρκικής Φιλίας (7)n

Artist: Unknown

Location: Greco-Turkish Alliance Square, Larnakas Avenue, Aglandjia. Nicosia district

Material: Cement and Brick

Category: Inter-communal relations, Modern sculpture

Photography: Evangelia Matthopoulou

The initiative for the monument was taken in 1982 by the committee for Aglandjia environmental improvement. Before Aglandjia became a municipality this committee was the only official authority for Aglandjia area. The decision ignited intense reaction from “Kyriakos Karaolis” nationalist association that took it as “an attempt that undermines the fighting spirit and morally enslaves our people […] The timing for such monuments is unrealistic when the biggest part of Aglandjia fields are occupied”. Equally intense were the reactions of the inhabitants, a large part of which are refugees from the occupied areas, commenting: “If they dare go through the ‘Monument of Disgrace’, we will have no choice but to burn it”.

The unveiling took place in 1983.

Selected sources:
~ Σημερινή (Simerini), August 12, 1983, p. 9.