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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

  • ‘It was murder,’ says president: A national guardsman is killed by shots fired from Turkish guard posts on the green line near Famagusta Gate, Nicosia – December 20, 1983

  • ‘This is not the end’: Several hundred Palestinian fighters evacuated from the fighting in Lebanon leave Cyprus for Iraq – December 22, 1983

  • More in Cyprus turn to divorce: Divorces rose to 262 in 1983, up from 164 in 1981 – January 4, 1983

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