Strategic Importance of Cyprus
Despite its limited geographical size and small population of around 800,000 people, Cyprus’ geographical and political significance in the area has always been disproportionate. The reason for this has been the island’s strategic position in the east Mediterranean.Cyprus lies on an axis of movement, both north-south and east-west. It stands at the crossroads of three continents, Europe, Asia and Africa. It is, therefore, hardly surprising that throughout history the major powers in the region have taken an interest in controlling and settling the island. Its strategic position has always ensured that Cyprus has played a key role in history, but it has also resulted in the island becoming a victim of others’ power politics.