Cyprus Mail

70 years of the Cyprus Mail: The archives of 1974

Nicosia under fire during the invasion

The focus of the Cyprus Mail’s 70th anniversary archive uploads over the coming weeks is 1974.

With the death of General Grivas in January 1974, relations between the Greek-run National Guard and President Makarios became increasingly bitter and Makarios’ denunciations of the Greek government ever more strident. On July 15, the Greek-backed coup attempt against Makarios took place, swiftly followed by the two waves of the Turkish invasion.

Like all other newspapers in Cyprus, the Cyprus Mail was unable to print for much of the second half of July or the first half of August, which means our day-to-day coverage of events was limited.

Wednesday’s highlights

  • President Glafcos Clerides charges systematic violence by Turks: Men of Bellapais taken away as prisoners – August 6, 1974
  • Deputy Turkish Cypriot leader Osman Orek says Turkish Cypriots are being held hostage in villages, renewed fighting in Kyrenia villages – August 7, 1974

  • Ultimatum on Cyprus by Turkey: On August 13 Turkey gave Greece a 24 hour deadline to accept its terms for peace. By the time this issue of the Cyprus Mail hit the news stands, the second wave of the Turkish invasion had started – August 14, 1974

    New archive material is uploaded every Wednesday and Saturday.The archives can be accessed by clicking on the link beneath the Cyprus Mail 70th anniversary logo on the right of the webpage.

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