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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.

Wednesday’s highlights

  • Gunned down: Palestinian gunmen kill three Israelis aboard yacht in Larnaca marina. The PLO office in Nicosia denounces the killings – September 26, 1985

  • Mystery gunman is British: One of three gunmen who shot dead three Israelis is named as British PLO sympathiser Ian Davison – September 29, 1985

  • Gunmen get life: Killers of three Israelis smile and chatter amongst themselves as sentences are handed down – December 14, 1985

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