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Cyprus Mail’s 70th anniversary archive highlights: The early 2000s

Queues to cross the green line after the opening of the checkpoints on April 23, 2003

The last in the series of the Cyprus Mail’s 70th anniversary archive highlight uploads focuses on the 2000s.

The 21st century opened with the spectacular collapse of the stock market in which thousands of gullible investors took a massive hit.

After years of stop-start talks, the early 2000s also saw the chance for real progress in solving the Cyprus problem. The UN made a huge effort to promote the Annan plan as a realistic foundation for a settlement. Hopes that the timing might be right were raised when the checkpoints were opened in 2003, and for the first time since 1974, thousands of Greek and Turkish Cypriot rushed to visit the other side.

A solution was not to be. In the referendum of 2004, an overwhelming number of Greek Cypriots rejected the Annan plan.

The 2000s were also a time of tragedy. In August 2005, the worst aviation disaster in Cyprus’ history occurred when Helios flight 522 smashed into a Greek mountainside, killing all 121 passengers and crew.

New selections from the archives are uploaded every Wednesday and Saturday

Wednesday’s highlights

  • Great to be back: Front page of the Cyprus Mail the day after Turkish and Greek Cypriots crossed the green line for the first time in 29 years – April 24, 2003

  • Crossing the line: Thousands of Greek and Turkish Cypriots shook off politics and the past yesterday and jumped at the chance to cross the green line – April 24, 2003

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