author, researcher and an expert on Cyprus question. Born in
Larnaca, Cyprus in 1931, Gazioglu completed his higher education
in Ankara and later specialised studied ‘Internationally
Relations’ at the University of London. During his years in
London he extensively researched the
collection of official documents, relating to Cyprus at the
British Public Record Office, which showed a picture of
intriguing and entangling
role Great Britain played in the Cypriot affairs.
1954-1962 he worked as a history teacher and headmaster in
Cyprus. From the start of the inter-communal fighting in 1963 he
took an active role in representing the rights of the Turkish
Cypriots. This has led to his exile in London from 1967 to 1973
by the Greek-Cypriot government of Makarios.
1983 Gazioglu established the Cyprus Research and Publishing
Centre (CYREP) [Kibris Arastirma ve Yayin Merkezi], which won
very soon substantial influence on the political landscape.
Research work, book productions and the publication of the
political magazine ‘New Cyprus’ as well as the Turkish
language version of the magazine ‘Yeni Kibris’ rank among
the CYREP activities.
recognition came to Gazioglu with his publication of the
English-language book titled ‘ The Turks in Cyprus, A province
of the Ottoman Empire (1571-1878)’, published by K. Rüstem
& Brother in London in 1990. It treats the history of the
Turkish-Cypriots in the context of the international role of
Cyprus during three centuries.
commentator and a frequent guest of the Turkish-Cypriot state
broadcasting corporation Bayrak Radio & Television (BRT),
Gazioglu presents his own topical political discussion programme.
Gazioglu has also been serving as
Special Advisor for political research to the President of North
Cyprus since his appointment to the post in 1990.