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Zacharia, or Zaharga, is a village in the Paphos district, located twelve kilometers southeast of Polis, immediately northeast of Istinjo, overlooking Stavros tis Psokas valley. Zacharia derives from the Greek word for sugar (zachari). In 1958, Turkish Cypriots adopted the alternative name Tatlıca, meaning “sweetly.”
As may be seen from the chart above, Zacharia/Tatlıca was always an exclusively Turkish Cypriot village. The population of the village frequently fluctuated, eventually declining from 116 in 1946 to 89 in 1960.
No one was displaced during the emergency years of the late 1950s, nor during the intercommunal strife of 1963-64. Most of the villagers remained in Zacharia/Tatlıca until 1975, when on 3 September, 85 persons were transferred under UNFICYP escort to the island’s north, by then under Turkish control. Most of the Zacharia Turkish Cypriots were resettled in Agridaki/Alemdağ(212), a village in the Kyrenia district. However, four families chose to settle in Assia/Paşaköy(131), a village located in the Mesaoria plain.
Today Zacharia/Tatlıca is empty and in ruins.
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