for "division") was the objective of Turkish Cypriots
who supported a partition of the island of Cyprus
into Turkish and Greek portions, a concept declared as early as 1957 by Dr. Fazil Küçük
Supporters of taksim
felt partition was the only way to ensure that Cyprus would always have a Turkish presence and to prevent the assimilation
of the Turkish
population on the island, due to its majority Greek
For details on the dispute and eventual de facto partition, see Cyprus dispute and Turkish invasion of Cyprus.