MEHMET BALYEMEZ

Keywords: Cyprus Issue, Enosis, Nicosia Turkish National Youth Organization, Turkish Cypriots, Youth Organization.

Abstract

Some of the non- Muslim societies living in the Ottoman State were under the influence of the French Revolution and followed separatist policies based on ethnic nationalism. The Greek community was also affected by this trend and mobilized to obtain Enosis, the conceptual expression of their desire to unite with Greece. The first youth organization in Cyprus was made by the Greek Cypriots at the beginning of the Second World War. While the Turkish Cypriot community was making its first political organizations in this period, youth organizations did not come to the fore. The successful work of Greek Cypriots youth organizations enabled the Turkish Cypriots to take similar initiatives. The Nicosia Turkish National Youth Organization was the first political youth organization established with this idea. The Nicosia Turkish National Youth Organization was established with the support of the Turkish Cypriot Institutions federation and has set the goal of uniting with Turkey as its goal. This political target determined by the Nicosia Turkish National Youth Organization is a detail that needs to be taken into account when the Cyprus Issue enters a different track. In the literature review on the history of Cyprus, no information was found about the Nicosia Turkish National Youth Organization. This paper about the Nicosia Turkish National Youth Organization is unique in that it is based on British archival documents. The aim of this paper is to ensure the visibility of the information about the first political youth organization of the Turkish Cypriots in the scientific world. This paper has been prepared with the document review technique, which is one of the qualitative research methods and it is original because it mostly uses first-hand sources.