Cyprus Mail

From the archives: The collapse of the Republic

First checkpoint at the Ledra Palace in early 1964

The intercommunal violence which broke out in December 1963 after President Makarios attempted to amend Cyprus’ constitution is the focus of the Cyprus Mail’s next batch of archive uploads to mark the newspaper’s 70th anniversary this year.

The Turkish Cypriots soon withdrew from the government and the violence intensified over the following months prompting the arrival of a UN peacekeeping force – UNFICYP – in March 1964. It remains in place to this day.

By mid-August 1964, Turkish planes had bombed the north-west of Cyprus and Turkish Cypriots were moving into enclaves.

Highlights of the Cyprus Mail archives are uploaded every Wednesday and Saturday.

Wednesday’s highlights



  • Grivas resigns again: General Grivas resigns as supreme commander of the Cyprus armed forces following disagreement with Athens over the seizure of the Turkish posts at Mari – April 21, 1967website logo copy 5

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