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Cyprus Mail 70 years: From the archives, the 1960s

The Greek junta seizing power in Athens in April 1967

The late 1960s was a time of increasing tension between Greek and Turkish Cypriots and their motherlands. The year 1967 was crucial. In April, the junta in Athens seized power with huge implications for Cyprus.

In April, and again in November, fierce intercommunal fighting broke out first in Mari and then in Kophinou. Just days after the violence in Kophinou, Turkey mobilised its troops and prepared to invade.

The Cyprus Mail is marking its 70th anniversary by uploading a selection of its archive material. New material is uploaded every Wednesday and Saturday.

Saturday’s highlights

  • Marathon meeting of ministers: Archbishop Makarios chairs marathon cabinet meeting following a ceasefire in the Ayios Theodoros-Kophinou area. Residents who fled the villages in the fighting start returning home. More than 20 bodies have been found – November 17, 1967
  • Ultimatum by Ankara as Turkish jets violate island’s airspace: Turkey threatens military action unless 20,00 Greek troops are withdrawn and General Grivas removed as military commander – November 19, 1967
  • War hysteria in Izmir: Turkish navy patrolling off Cyprus coast as 30,000 demonstrators in Ismir demand war with Greece – November 21, 1967
  • You can also access the old front pages and stories from the top or bottom menu bar at any time by clicking on ’70 Years’ or from the ’70 years’ banner on the right hand side of our homepage.

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