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Lost in time - the Cyprus buffer zone

<p>A view shows the abandoned Nicosia International Airport near Nicosia March 10, 2014. Greek and Turkish Cypriots have lived estranged for decades. REUTERS/Neil Hall</p>

A view shows the abandoned Nicosia International Airport near Nicosia March 10, 2014. Greek and Turkish Cypriots have lived estranged for decades. REUTERS/Neil Hall

A view shows the abandoned Nicosia International Airport near Nicosia March 10, 2014. Greek and Turkish Cypriots have lived estranged for decades. REUTERS/Neil Hall

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<p>A view shows abandoned Nicosia International Airport near Nicosia March 10, 2014. A power-sharing government crumbled soon after independence from Britain in 1960 and the island has been divided since a Greek Cypriot coup was followed by a Turkish invasion of the north in 1974. REUTERS/Neil Hall</p>

A view shows abandoned Nicosia International Airport near Nicosia March 10, 2014. A power-sharing government crumbled soon after independence from Britain in 1960 and the island has been divided since a Greek Cypriot coup was followed by a Turkish...more

A view shows abandoned Nicosia International Airport near Nicosia March 10, 2014. A power-sharing government crumbled soon after independence from Britain in 1960 and the island has been divided since a Greek Cypriot coup was followed by a Turkish invasion of the north in 1974. REUTERS/Neil Hall

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<p>A cafe sign is seen at the abandoned Nicosia International Airport near Nicosia March 10, 2014. Four decades on, a United Nations-controlled buffer zone splits Cyprus east to west, with Cyprus's ethnic Greeks living in the south, and its Turks in the north. REUTERS/Neil Hall</p>

A cafe sign is seen at the abandoned Nicosia International Airport near Nicosia March 10, 2014. Four decades on, a United Nations-controlled buffer zone splits Cyprus east to west, with Cyprus's ethnic Greeks living in the south, and its Turks in the...more

A cafe sign is seen at the abandoned Nicosia International Airport near Nicosia March 10, 2014. Four decades on, a United Nations-controlled buffer zone splits Cyprus east to west, with Cyprus's ethnic Greeks living in the south, and its Turks in the north. REUTERS/Neil Hall

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<p>The passenger departure area is seen at the abandoned Nicosia International Airport near Nicosia March 10, 2014. The buffer zone still contains crumbling relics of times gone by - abandoned houses, businesses and even an airport. REUTERS/Neil Hall</p>

The passenger departure area is seen at the abandoned Nicosia International Airport near Nicosia March 10, 2014. The buffer zone still contains crumbling relics of times gone by - abandoned houses, businesses and even an airport. REUTERS/Neil Hall more

The passenger departure area is seen at the abandoned Nicosia International Airport near Nicosia March 10, 2014. The buffer zone still contains crumbling relics of times gone by - abandoned houses, businesses and even an airport. REUTERS/Neil Hall

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<p>Immigration counters are seen at the abandoned Nicosia International Airport near Nicosia March 10, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall</p>

Immigration counters are seen at the abandoned Nicosia International Airport near Nicosia March 10, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Immigration counters are seen at the abandoned Nicosia International Airport near Nicosia March 10, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

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<p>A bird flies past an advertising billboard at the abandoned Nicosia International Airport near Nicosia March 10, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall</p>

A bird flies past an advertising billboard at the abandoned Nicosia International Airport near Nicosia March 10, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

A bird flies past an advertising billboard at the abandoned Nicosia International Airport near Nicosia March 10, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

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<p>Advertising billboards are seen at the abandoned Nicosia International Airport near Nicosia March 10, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall</p>

Advertising billboards are seen at the abandoned Nicosia International Airport near Nicosia March 10, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Advertising billboards are seen at the abandoned Nicosia International Airport near Nicosia March 10, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

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<p>Images of aeroplanes decorate a wall at the abandoned Nicosia International Airport near Nicosia March 10, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall</p>

Images of aeroplanes decorate a wall at the abandoned Nicosia International Airport near Nicosia March 10, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Images of aeroplanes decorate a wall at the abandoned Nicosia International Airport near Nicosia March 10, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

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<p>A Cyprus Airways passenger jet stands in the abandoned Nicosia International Airport near Nicosia March 10, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall</p>

A Cyprus Airways passenger jet stands in the abandoned Nicosia International Airport near Nicosia March 10, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

A Cyprus Airways passenger jet stands in the abandoned Nicosia International Airport near Nicosia March 10, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

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<p>A Cyprus Airways passenger jet stands in the abandoned Nicosia International Airport near Nicosia March 10, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall</p>

A Cyprus Airways passenger jet stands in the abandoned Nicosia International Airport near Nicosia March 10, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

A Cyprus Airways passenger jet stands in the abandoned Nicosia International Airport near Nicosia March 10, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

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<p>A Cyprus Airways passenger jet stands in the abandoned Nicosia International Airport near Nicosia March 10, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall</p>

A Cyprus Airways passenger jet stands in the abandoned Nicosia International Airport near Nicosia March 10, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

A Cyprus Airways passenger jet stands in the abandoned Nicosia International Airport near Nicosia March 10, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

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<p>A watchtower stands along the United Nations buffer zone in the district of Famagusta, northern Cyprus March 14, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall</p>

A watchtower stands along the United Nations buffer zone in the district of Famagusta, northern Cyprus March 14, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

A watchtower stands along the United Nations buffer zone in the district of Famagusta, northern Cyprus March 14, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

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<p>A former residential property stands abandoned in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall</p>

A former residential property stands abandoned in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

A former residential property stands abandoned in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

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<p>Cars sit abandoned in a former shopping centre in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. The cars were imported from Japan to be sold at a Toyota dealership. REUTERS/Neil Hall</p>

Cars sit abandoned in a former shopping centre in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. The cars were imported from Japan to be sold at a Toyota dealership. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Cars sit abandoned in a former shopping centre in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. The cars were imported from Japan to be sold at a Toyota dealership. REUTERS/Neil Hall

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<p>Cars sit abandoned in a former shopping centre in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. They were stored here during the 1974 conflict and have not been moved since. REUTERS/Neil Hall</p>

Cars sit abandoned in a former shopping centre in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. They were stored here during the 1974 conflict and have not been moved since. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Cars sit abandoned in a former shopping centre in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. They were stored here during the 1974 conflict and have not been moved since. REUTERS/Neil Hall

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<p>An import sticker is seen on the window of a car in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall</p>

An import sticker is seen on the window of a car in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

An import sticker is seen on the window of a car in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

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<p>The odometer of an abandoned car shows 32.9 miles in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall</p>

The odometer of an abandoned car shows 32.9 miles in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

The odometer of an abandoned car shows 32.9 miles in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

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<p>Paw prints are seen in dust on the bonnet of an abandoned car in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall</p>

Paw prints are seen in dust on the bonnet of an abandoned car in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Paw prints are seen in dust on the bonnet of an abandoned car in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

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<p>Cars sit abandoned in an underground garage in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall</p>

Cars sit abandoned in an underground garage in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Cars sit abandoned in an underground garage in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

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<p>A former commercial street is seen in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall</p>

A former commercial street is seen in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

A former commercial street is seen in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

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<p>A former residential street lies abandoned in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall</p>

A former residential street lies abandoned in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

A former residential street lies abandoned in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

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<p>The kitchen of an cafe lies abandoned in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall</p>

The kitchen of an cafe lies abandoned in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

The kitchen of an cafe lies abandoned in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

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<p>Bottles stand next to a sink in an abandoned cafe in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall</p>

Bottles stand next to a sink in an abandoned cafe in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Bottles stand next to a sink in an abandoned cafe in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

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<p>Coca-Cola and Pepsi bottles stand on a table at an abandoned cafe in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall</p>

Coca-Cola and Pepsi bottles stand on a table at an abandoned cafe in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Coca-Cola and Pepsi bottles stand on a table at an abandoned cafe in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

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<p>Objects found and collected by soldiers are seen in an abandoned commercial area in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall</p>

Objects found and collected by soldiers are seen in an abandoned commercial area in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Objects found and collected by soldiers are seen in an abandoned commercial area in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

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<p>Photographic slides found and collected by soldiers are seen in an abandoned commercial area in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall</p>

Photographic slides found and collected by soldiers are seen in an abandoned commercial area in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Photographic slides found and collected by soldiers are seen in an abandoned commercial area in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

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<p>Old televisions found and collected by soldiers are seen in an abandoned commercial area in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall</p>

Old televisions found and collected by soldiers are seen in an abandoned commercial area in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Old televisions found and collected by soldiers are seen in an abandoned commercial area in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

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<p>A firing position protected by sandbags is seen at a former residential property in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall</p>

A firing position protected by sandbags is seen at a former residential property in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

A firing position protected by sandbags is seen at a former residential property in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

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<p>A street lies abandoned in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall</p>

A street lies abandoned in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

A street lies abandoned in the United Nations buffer zone in central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

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<p>A sign marking the boundary of the United Nations buffer zone stands in the village of Pyla in Cyprus March 11, 2014. Pyla is one of a few villages in the UN buffer zone, and it is home to a mixed community of both Greek and Turkish Cypriots. REUTERS/Neil Hall</p>

A sign marking the boundary of the United Nations buffer zone stands in the village of Pyla in Cyprus March 11, 2014. Pyla is one of a few villages in the UN buffer zone, and it is home to a mixed community of both Greek and Turkish Cypriots....more

A sign marking the boundary of the United Nations buffer zone stands in the village of Pyla in Cyprus March 11, 2014. Pyla is one of a few villages in the UN buffer zone, and it is home to a mixed community of both Greek and Turkish Cypriots. REUTERS/Neil Hall

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<p>The Greek Cypriot Mayor of Pyla, Simos Mytides (L) speaks to the Turkish Cypriot Deputy Mayor of Pyla, Nejdet Enver in a Turkish coffee shop in their village in the Larnaca District of Cyprus March 11, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall</p>

The Greek Cypriot Mayor of Pyla, Simos Mytides (L) speaks to the Turkish Cypriot Deputy Mayor of Pyla, Nejdet Enver in a Turkish coffee shop in their village in the Larnaca District of Cyprus March 11, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

The Greek Cypriot Mayor of Pyla, Simos Mytides (L) speaks to the Turkish Cypriot Deputy Mayor of Pyla, Nejdet Enver in a Turkish coffee shop in their village in the Larnaca District of Cyprus March 11, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

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<p>A wall marking the boundary of the United Nations buffer zone is seen from the Greek Cypriot-controlled area of central Nicosia March 10, 2014. The houses in distance are in the Turkish Cypriot-controlled area of central Nicosia. REUTERS/Neil Hall</p>

A wall marking the boundary of the United Nations buffer zone is seen from the Greek Cypriot-controlled area of central Nicosia March 10, 2014. The houses in distance are in the Turkish Cypriot-controlled area of central Nicosia. REUTERS/Neil Hall more

A wall marking the boundary of the United Nations buffer zone is seen from the Greek Cypriot-controlled area of central Nicosia March 10, 2014. The houses in distance are in the Turkish Cypriot-controlled area of central Nicosia. REUTERS/Neil Hall

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<p>A mural showing the Greek and Cypriot flags is painted on a wall in the Greek Cypriot-controlled area of central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall</p>

A mural showing the Greek and Cypriot flags is painted on a wall in the Greek Cypriot-controlled area of central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

A mural showing the Greek and Cypriot flags is painted on a wall in the Greek Cypriot-controlled area of central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

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<p>A military post marking the United Nations buffer zone stands in the Greek Cypriot-controlled area of central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall</p>

A military post marking the United Nations buffer zone stands in the Greek Cypriot-controlled area of central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

A military post marking the United Nations buffer zone stands in the Greek Cypriot-controlled area of central Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

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<p>A warning sign is seen on a wall marking the boundary of the United Nations buffer zone in the Turkish Cypriot area of central Nicosia March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall</p>

A warning sign is seen on a wall marking the boundary of the United Nations buffer zone in the Turkish Cypriot area of central Nicosia March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

A warning sign is seen on a wall marking the boundary of the United Nations buffer zone in the Turkish Cypriot area of central Nicosia March 13, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

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<p>The Ledra Street border crossing is seen from the Greek Cypriot controlled area of central Nicosia March 10, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall</p>

The Ledra Street border crossing is seen from the Greek Cypriot controlled area of central Nicosia March 10, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

The Ledra Street border crossing is seen from the Greek Cypriot controlled area of central Nicosia March 10, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

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<p>An illuminated flag of the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which is recognised only by Turkey, is seen overlooking Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall</p>

An illuminated flag of the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which is recognised only by Turkey, is seen overlooking Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

An illuminated flag of the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which is recognised only by Turkey, is seen overlooking Nicosia March 12, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall

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