Cape Kokkina Slideshow
Cape Kokkina - Some History
Kokkina/Erenköy (Greek: Κοκκινα = Reds, Turkish: Erenköy)
is an exclave of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). It was a Turkish-Cypriot Enclave
prior to 1974. It is hemmed in on three sides by mountainous territory controlled by the
Republic of Cyprus with the Mediterranean sea (Morphou Bay) on its northern flank.
The exclave sits several kilometres away from what constitutes the main area of the
TRNC and is a place which has special symbolic significance for the Cypriots because of
the events of August 1964.
The Tylliria/Dillirga region, where Kokkina/Erenköy is situated, had been a place of
intense confrontation between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities during
the inter-communal struggle of 1963-1964.
On 4 April 1964, armed groups originating from both communities had fought over a strategic location
overlooking the region's only highway. There had also been several sporadic incidents of gunfire
between villages of the region.