Cheryl Pearce - A complex interpretation

Running time
1 min 36 sec
Date made
Department of Veterans' Affairs


The assessment was it was really the hardening of the northern and southern ceasefire line. These were lines that where, in 1974, the ceasefire was called, where the Turkish forces stopped and the Greek Cypriot National Guard stopped. And so it wasn't a clear position across the country. It was done with the good old chinagraph green pencil on a talc. And then in the clarity now you've got GPS, you've got a difference of 100 metres. And in a city, 100 meters or 50 meters is quite large.

So how do you get the clarity of exactly where the line is? So it's not called a ceasefire line, because it's not agreed to by both sides. It's a delineation of what the UN called it. And is our interpretation of it at the time, and their respect to us to hold that separation. But it's difficult. It was more complex than anything I had done in Afghanistan or East Timor, because it was so politically charged and such had such a rich history around it that it wasn't black and white. It was very much in the shades of how do you interpret it? How do you find the way forward and work around small pieces of ground, that meant so much to both sides?

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