"For a hundred years, the Balkan Peninsula and the countries round the Aegean had been convulsed by the struggles of rival nationalities which, during the course of centuries, had been implanted there by successive invasions, in an inextricable mixture of races.
"The exchange of populations, by re-grouping the various nationalities within the frontiers of the states to which they racially belonged, has undoubtedly contributed, to no small degree, to the final elimination of what had been the principal cause of friction and conflict in the Balkans. After the exchange ... the old Eastern Question, as it presented itself during the course of the break-up of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, finally disappears."
The eastern Mediterranean does not need post-colonial, guilt-ridden British inputs on multi-culturalism and multi-ethnicity.
And Cyprus, just like Greece and Turkey, is now at peace - thanks to being divided on mono-ethnic lines.
London W1Reuse content