Dialogues: Encounters with the "Other Side"
Dialogue 1: Two University students who ended up being in the same university abroad. Giorgos, a
Greek Cypriot engineering major, junior. Huseyin, a Turkish Cypriot political science major, freshman.
(talks to a couple of offices, calls a couple of numbers and figures out who the newcomer is, wants to get to know his fellow countryman; a Turkish Cypriot)
Hello, I heard you are also from Cyprus and wanted to welcome you.
(thinking Giorgos is Turkish to)
Selamlar, ben Huseyin.
No no, I am not Turkish, I am a Greek Cypriot.
(A Greek Cypriot, interesting, I always wanted to meet them)
Ohh, I am sorry. I was confused.
My name is Giorgos, my family is from Famagusta, they fled to Larnaca after the occupation.
(one of those fanatics, why does he think I would talk to someone calling my country occupied? Let's see what will happen.)
Really, my name is Huseyin, I live in Famagusta, (loudly) Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Nice to meet you.
(Another Denktash freak, I hope he does not live in my house, may be I was wrong to think we can build a friendship)
Just out of curiosity , do you really think there is such a thing, i.e Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus? It is illegal and non-existiing state, as declared to be so by all international bodies. I hope you do not live in my family's stolen house, enjoying the efforts of my father in building that house.
(Getting really angry, thinks it is time to get rid of this guy)
Why are you bothering me? I am not intending to deal with fachist fanatics. Ofcourse, I live in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, and it exists, and it is legal. Greek Cypriots always wanted to exterminate us from the island, and they are all brainwashed , they can not even stand to hear the name of my country. I also hope your father was not involved in masacre of my uncle's family.
...And the dialogue continues as an exchange of flaming sentences.