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Cyprus Mail 70th anniversary: The 1980s archives

The unilateral declaration of independence of northern Cyprus in November 1983 was a huge blow to the peace process in Cyprus.

The declaration outraged the Greek Cypriots and lead to massive protests. The rest of the 1980s was marked by a series of stop-start UN-sponsored talks which led nowhere.

Cyprus, meanwhile, could not remain wholly immune to the devastating effects of the Lebanese civil war (1975-90), nor unrest elsewhere in the Middle East. The 1980s in Cyprus saw both PLO killings and deadly hijacks.

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.

Saturday’s highlights

  • The Law of the Jungle: President Kyprianou calls on the world community to condemn and reverse the north’s unilateral declaration of independence – November 16, 1983

  • Nation shows its anger: Biggest rally in island’s history as around 70,000 Greek Cypriots pack the streets of Nicosia in protest against UDI in the north – November 22, 1983

  • ‘Mata Hari’ expelled from Cyprus: One of the women employed by the Soviets to lure young British servicemen in Cyprus into revealing military secrets has been named and deported – March 1, 1984


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