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

Wednesday’s highlights

  • Anxiety in Athens: Turkish troops poised for attack unless demands are met. Greek forces in a state of maximum alert. Government hopes arrival of UN and US envoys in the region will defuse tension – November 24, 1967

  • Nicosia remains silent as Greco-Turkish agreement is finally reached. All Greek and Turkish forces on the island will be withdrawn in stages – December 3, 1967

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