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.
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