7500BC A research team in 2004 uncovered a
carefully buried cat on Cyprus, placed just inches from a human
burial that also contained polished stones, shells, tools and
jewelry. The graves were estimated to be 9,500 years old.
2800BC In Cyprus the town of Palaepaphos, 11 miles
inland from modern Paphos, was founded about this time. It later
became the site of a temple of Aphrodite, the ancient goddess of
beauty who, according to mythology, was born in the sea off Paphos.
565BC-545BCE Cyprus was under Egyptian control.
(AM, May/Jun 97 p.20)
400BC-300BCE Tamassos was the capital of one of 11
kingdoms on Cyprus that were abolished at the end of the 4th century
and replaced by a unified administrative system.
(AM, May/Jun 97 p.20)
285BCE Ptolemy II (b.c309, Philadelphus) of
Macedonia began his rule of Egypt. During his reign (285-247) he
founded the Cyprian port of Famagusta.
(WUD, 1994, p.1162)(NG, 8/04, Geographica)
c30 Lazarus lived in Cyprus as
a Bishop after the miracle by Christ.
(NH, 4/97, p.62)
45CE The Apostle Paul is said
to have preached the gospel in Cyprus at this time and converted the
island's Roman governor Sergius Paulus, the first Roman official to
632-661 The Rashidun Caliphate, also known as the
Rightly Guided Caliphate, comprising the first four caliphs in
Islam's history, was founded after Muhammad's death. At its height,
the Caliphate extended from the Arabian Peninsula, to the Levant,
Caucasus and North Africa in the west, to the Iranian highlands and
Central Asia in the east. It was the one of the largest empires in
history up until that time.
1191 May 12, Richard the
Lionheart married (Bernegaria) Berengaria of Navarre in Limassol,
(NH, 4/97, p.62)(EofA, p.161)
1200-1300 Byzantine murals were painted on church
walls. Many were later stripped following the Turkish invasion of
(SFEC, 8/28/98, p.C5)
1570 Jul 3, The Turks began
their attack on Nicosia, Cyprus, after Venice refused to surrender
1570 Sep 23, The Turks began
their attack on Famagusta, Cyprus, which was fortified by Venetian
commander Marcantonio Bragadino (1523-1571).
1571 Sep 1, Famagusta, Cyprus,
surrendered to Mustafa Pasha commander of the Turkish forces after
nearly a one year siege. The terms of surrender appeared agreeable
to Venetian Gov. Marcantonio Bragadino (b.1523), but Mustafa Pasha
turned on Bragadino and had him violently tortured and finally
1571 Turks sacked the St.
Sophia Cathedral in Old Nicosia, Cyprus, and turned it into the
(CNT, 3/04, p.153)
1865-1876 Gen. Luigi Palma di Cesnola (1832-1904)
served as the American Consul in Lanarca, Cyprus. He collected
antiquities and later sold them to the NY Metropolitan Museum of
Art. In 1879 he became the director of the museum.
(WSJ, 4/10/00, p.A44)(AM, 7/00, p.60)
1871 Some 5,000 Cypriot
artifacts were lost in a shipwreck.
(AM, 7/00, p.63)
1872 Luigi Palma di Cesnola
made his first sale of Cypriot artifacts to the NY Metropolitan
Museum of Art.
(AM, 7/00, p.62)
1878 Jun 4, The Ottoman Empire
turned over control of Cyprus to the British. The Congress of Berlin
leased Cyprus to Britain.
(AP, 6/4/08)(Econ, 10/23/10, SR p.10)
1878 Luigi Palma di Cesnola
published “Cyprus: Its Ancient Cities, Tombs, and Temples."
(AM, 7/00, p.62)
1898 Mar 23, Georgios Grivas,
Greek General, opposition leader on Cyprus, was born.
1913 Aug 13, Makarios III,
[Michail Moeskos], archbishop, president Cyprus, was born.
1925 May 1, Cyprus became a
British Crown Colony.
1946 Aug 13, Britain
transferred illegal immigrants bound for Palestine to Cyprus.
1950 In Cyprus a referendum
overwhelmingly approved Enosis (union with Greece), but it had no
legal value. The unofficial referendum was held in churches and
coffee shops across the island organized by the Cyprus Greek
1955 Mar 21, Archbishop
Makarios of Cyprus desired Cyprus joining Greece.
1955 Apr 1, EOKA-bomb attacks
took place against British government buildings in Cyprus.
1955 Nov 26, An emergency
crisis was proclaimed in Cyprus.
1956 Mar 9, British authorities
arrested and deported Archbishop Makarios from Cyprus to the
Seychelles. He was accused of supporting terrorists.
(EWH, 1968, p.1250)(HN, 3/9/98)
1956 Mar 10, A general strike
in Cyprus protested the exile of archbishop Makarios.
1956 Aug 29, French government
sent troops to Cyprus near Suez crisis.
1957 Mar 20, Britain accepted a
NATO offer to mediate in Cyprus, but Greece rejected it.
1957 Sep 12, Archbishop
Makarios of Cyprus visited the US.
1957 Lawrence Durrell authored
“Bitter Lemons." The autobiographical work described the three years
(1953–1956) he spent on the island of Cyprus.
1958 Jun 15, Greece severed
military ties to Turkey because of the Cypress issue.
1959 Feb 19, An agreement was
signed by Britain, Turkey and Greece granting Cyprus its
1959 Mar 1, Archbishop Makarios
returned to Cyprus after 3 years.
1959 Dec, Archbishop Makarios
was elected president of Cyprus.
1960 Aug 16, Britain granted
independence to the crown colony of Cyprus. Archbishop Makarios
began serving as the 1st post-independence president. He chose
Spyros Kyprianou (28) as foreign minister. Under the provisions of
the independence settlement, Turkey, along with Greece and Britain,
maintained a right to military intervention if the island’s
constitutional order is threatened.
(AP, 8/16/97)(SFC, 3/13/02, p.A26)(Econ, 1/28/17,
1961 Cyprus was accepted into
the Council of Europe.
(Econ, 11/18/06, p.21)
1963 Dec 21, The Turk minority
rioted in Cyprus to protest anti-Turkish revisions in the
1963 Dec 24, Greeks and Turks
rioted in Cyprus.
1964 Aug 7, Turkey began an air
attack on Greek-Cypriots.
1964 In Cyprus Turkish Cypriots
withdrew into enclaves and barbed wire went up in Nicosia, dividing
the capital with Greek Cypriots.
(Econ, 12/12/09, p.57)
1967 Dec 29, A Turkish-Cypriot
government formed in Cyprus.
1974 Jul 15, Greek troops and
the Greek Cypriot National Guard staged a military coup on Cyprus
and archbishop-president Makarios fled. Nikos Giorgiades Sampson
(d.2001 at 66) served as president for 8 days following the military
coup that overthrew Archbishop Makarios. PM Bulent Ecevit ordered
Turkish troops to invade Cyprus following the Greek Cypriot coup.
1974 Jul 22, Only one of the 28
Greek commandos and four crew members survived a fiery crash they
came in to land at Nicosia airport in the pre-dawn hours. 19
soldiers were believed to be inside the Noratlas' incinerated
fuselage. The plane went down under withering volleys of friendly
fire from the airport's Greek Cypriot defenders, who were fearful of
an imminent landing by invading Turkish forces to take the
strategically important area. In 2015 excavations located the
1974 Jul 23, Greece's military
rulers announced they would turn the nation back to civilian rule.
Constantine Karamanlis returned from 11 years of self-imposed exile
and was sworn in as premier. Karamanlis later won a landslide
election and served as prime minister until 1980. The Ioannides
regime collapsed after plotting an aborted military takeover of
(AP, 7/23/97)(SFC, 4/23/98, p.B4)(SFC, 6/28/99,
1974 Jul 30, The prime
ministers of Greece and Turkey and the British Foreign Secretary
signed a peace agreement to settle the Cyprus crisis.
1974 Aug 14, The Turkish army
mounted a second full-scale offensive in Cyprus, despite the fact
that talks were still being held in Geneva and just as agreement was
about to be reached. 37% of the area of Cyprus came under Turkish
1974 Aug 14, Greek Cypriots
began a 2-day massacre that killed 83 Turkish Cypriot men in
1974 Aug 19, US Ambassador
Rodger P. Davies was fatally wounded by a bullet that penetrated the
American embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus, during a protest by Greek
1974 Nov 1, The UN General
Assembly unanimously passed the first of countless resolutions
calling all states to respect the sovereignty, independence,
territorial integrity and non-alignment of the Republic of Cyprus.
1974 Cyprus was divided into
Greek and Turkish sectors with a UN no-man’s land in between.
Turkish troops had invaded the island after an Athens-based coup by
Greek Cypriots. 1,619 Greek Cypriots were said to be missing
following the July, 1974, Turkish invasion. 160,000 Greeks and
40,000 Turkish Cypriots were forced to abandon their
(SFC, 6/4/96, p.A11)(Econ, 3/13/10, p.64)(Econ,
1974 Dr. Anastassios Simonidis
(d.2000 at 75) was made the honorary consul general of Cyprus.
(SFC, 6/27/00, p.A23)
1974 Cyprian Maronites,
descendants of Christians from Syria and Lebanon who came to Cyprus
centuries ago, fled four villages when Turkey invaded following a
coup by Cypriots wanting to unite the island with Greece.
1974 Antiquities smugglers
looted 13th century frescoes from the Ayios Themomianos church in
northern Cyprus following the Turkish invasion that split the island
into a Turkish-speaking north and a Greek-speaking south. Menil
Collection founder Dominique de Menil obtained the frescoes in 1983,
and struck an agreement with the Cyprus church to keep and exhibit
them in a purpose-built chapel in Houston. The Cyprus church granted
the museum a loan extension until Feb. 2012 in recognition of its
efforts to reassemble and restore the fragmented frescoes.
1976 Spyros Kyprianou became
president of the Cyprus House of Representatives.
(SFC, 3/13/02, p.A26)
1977 Aug 3, Archbishop Makarios
(b.1913), president of Cyprus, died.
1977 Sep 3, In Cyprus Spyros
Kyprianou (1932-2002) was elected president with no opposition in
order to serve the remaining term of Archbishop Makarios.
1977 Tassos Papadopoulos
(1934-2008), former leader of the Greek Cypriot guerrilla group
EOKA, submitted a proposal for a federated Cyprus tying together two
distinct zones. The proposal became the basis for all subsequent
1978 Feb 28, Spyros Kyprianou
was elected president of Cyprus with no opposition.
(SFC, 3/13/02, p.A26)(http://tinyurl.com/dedcx)
1983 Feb 13, Spyros Kyprianou
was re-elected president of Cyprus.
(SFC, 3/13/02, p.A26)(http://tinyurl.com/dedcx)
1983 Nov 15, Turkish Cypriots
declared the northern third Cyprus a separate republic, the Turkish
Republic of Northern Cyprus. It was only recognized by Turkey.
1984 The UN Security Council
adopted a resolution which said any attempts to settle any part of
Varosha in northern Cyprus by people other than its original
inhabitants is “inadmissible." It called “for the transfer of that
area to the administration of the United Nations." A 1992 resolution
reaffirmed the 1984 resolution and called for Varosha to be put
under control of the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus — but that did
not happened. In 2020 Ankara announced the opening of the coastline
1988 Apr 10, The hijackers of a
Kuwait Airways jetliner vowed to carry out a "slow, quiet massacre"
of their hostages, one day after one captive was killed aboard the
plane parked in Larnaca, Cyprus.
1988 Apr 11, Hijackers of a
Kuwait Airways jetliner killed a second hostage, dumping his body
onto the ground in Larnaca, Cyprus.
1988 Apr 13, A commandeered
Kuwaiti jetliner took off from Cyprus for Algeria, after the
pro-Iranian Shiite Muslim hijackers on board freed 12 hostages.
1991 In Cyprus the Democratic
Rally won 20 seats in the 56 seat parliament.
(SFC, 5/28/96, p.A8)
1993 In Cyprus Glafcos Clerides
(1919-2013) was elected president. He had lost presidential
elections in 1983 and 1988.
1993 Asil Nadir (52), a Turkish
Cypriot, went to northern Cyprus after being charged with 66 counts
of theft involving 34 million pounds. He ran Polly Peck, one of
Britain's biggest companies with interests in sectors from textiles
to electronics, before its collapse. In 2010 Nadir's lawyers
indicated he would be willing to come back and face trial if he was
1994 Sep 13, In Cyprus 3
British soldiers abducted tour guide Louise Jensen (23). Her body
was found 2 days later. In 1996 they were sentenced to life
imprisonment after being convicted of abducting, conspiring to rape,
and killing Louise Jensen. In 2006 the former soldiers were released
and deported to Britain after serving only 12 years.
1996 May 26, In Nicosia the
center-right coalition of Pres. Glafcos Clerides, the Democratic
Rally, lost support but maintained a slim majority in the Greek
Cypriot parliamentary elections. Spyros Kyprianou was elected
President of the House of Representatives.
(SFC, 5/28/96, p.A8)(http://tinyurl.com/dedcx)
1996 Jun 3, Turkish soldiers
shot and killed a Greek Cypriot soldier in the no-man’s zone.
(SFC, 6/4/96, p.A11)
1996 Aug 12, It was reported
that a Greek Cypriot man was killed and 41 injured in a border
clash, after Greek Cypriot motorcyclists defied orders to halt a
rode across the line to protest Turkey’s 1974 invasion.
(WSJ, 8/12/96, p.A1)
1996 Aug 14, In Cyprus another
man was killed in demonstrations when Turkish troops opened fire on
Greek Cypriot demonstrators.
(SFC, 8/15/96, p.C2)
1997 Jul 9, Cypriot Pres.
Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash were
scheduled to meet in a 4-day session in New York to resolve their
(SFC, 6/12/97, p.A14)
1997 Aug, UN talks between
Turkish and Greek Cypriot officials broke down when the EU
reaffirmed that it would begin membership talks with the Greek-led
Cypriot government. Lower level talks continued.
1997 Oct 14, Aydin Dikmen (60),
Turkish art dealer, was arrested in Germany for selling antiquities
plundered from Cyprus since 1974.
1997 Dec 27, Lower level talks
between Turkish and Greek Cypriot officials were suspended by the
Turkish Cypriots to protest the inclusion of the Greek side in EU
1997 Gunvor, a
Cyprus-registered commodities dealer, was created by Russian oil
trader Gennady Timchenko and Swedish oil trader Torbjorn Tornqvist.
By 2011 its revenues had grown to $80 billion.
1998 Feb 15, Pres. Glafcos
Clerides (1919-2013) won a 2nd 5-year term in Cyprus elections with
a 50.8% margin.
(SFC, 2/16/98, p.A11)(AP, 11/16/13)
1998 May 27, It was reported
that the planned delivery of a Russian missile system to Cyprus
would contain a “Tombstone" radar system, to be operated by 70
Russian experts. This was a threat to the existing West’s exclusive
(SFC, 5/27/98, p.A10)
1998 Aug, Russia planned to
deliver the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to the Greek Cypriot
government for about $200 million. Later Pres. Glafcos Clerides said
the missiles would be deployed in Nov. if Turkey did not accept a
proposal for demilitarization.
(SFC, 4/29/98, p.A11)(SFC, 8/28/98, p.D4)
1998 Oct 26, Cyprus announced
that it had begun building a naval base, apparently destined for use
by Greek warships.
(WSJ, 10/27/98, p.A1)
1998 A Norwegian newspaper
claimed that police on Cyprus routinely dismissed rape claims,
treating the victims as liars.
(The Telegraph, 1/6/20)
1999 Apr 7, Spyros Kyprianou,
the acting president of Cyprus, planned to fly to Belgrade to
negotiate the release of the 3 American soldiers held by Serbia.
(SFC, 4/8/99, p.A1)
1999 Helios Airways was founded
as Cyprus' first private airline. By 2005 it operated a fleet of
Boeing 737 jets to cities including London; Athens; Sofia, Bulgaria;
Dublin, Ireland; and Strasbourg, France.
2001 May 28, The AKEL, a
communist party, won parliamentary elections in the Greek Cypriot
portion of the island.
(SFC, 5/29/01, p.A12)
2001 Sep 2, Dr. Christiaan
Barnard (78), South African cardiologist, died in Paphos, Cyprus. He
performed the world’s 1st human heart transplant in 1967, authored a
distinguished text on cardiology, a scandalous autobiography and 4
(SFC, 9/3/01, p.A15)(AP, 9/2/02)
2002 Jan 16, Rival Cyprus
leaders, Glafcos Clerides and Rauf Denktash, met on the border in
Nicosia in the 1st formal negotiation in 4 years.
(SFC, 1/17/02, p.A8)
2002 Mar 12, Spyros Kyprianou
(b.1932), former Cyprus president (1977-1988), died of pelvic
2002 Jul 10, In Cyprus a
military helicopter crashed during a nighttime training exercise,
killing the commander of the east Mediterranean island's military
and the air force chief. Two crew members and a navy officer on
board were also killed.
2002 Oct 9, The European
Union's executive Commission declared Bulgaria, the Czech Republic,
Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania,
Slovenia, and Slovakia nearly ready for EU membership and
recommended they be invited to join in 2004. Romania and Bulgaria
likely will be delayed until 2007 because of weak economies, the
Commission said, adding Turkey was the weakest link among
2002 Nov 11, UN
Secretary-General Kofi Annan presented Greek and Turkish Cypriots
with a plan to unite their divided island into a single country
modeled on Switzerland, with two equal states.
2002 Nov 18, The Greek Cypriot
government said it accepted "as a basis for negotiations" a U.N.
plan for the reunification of the divided eastern Mediterranean
2002 Dec 13, The EU reached
agreement to accept 10 new countries in 2004. These included Czech
Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta,
Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
(SFC, 12/14/02, p.A3)
2003 Feb 16, In Cyprus
Tassos Papadopoulos was elected the country’s 5th president over
Glafcos Clerides. He opposed current reunification plans.
(AP, 2/17/03)(WSJ, 2/18/03, p.A1)
2003 Feb 28, Tassos
Papadopoulos took office as the fifth Greek Cypriot president,
pledging to strive for reunification.
2003 Mar 11, Talks to
unify the divided Mediterranean island of Cyprus collapsed after
rival Greek and Turkish leaders failed to agree on a UN
2003 Apr 16, Greek Cypriots
signed a treaty to join the European Union.
(SSFC, 4/27/03, A6)
2003 Apr 23, In Cyprus Turkish
Cypriot leaders lifted travel restrictions across the 1974 buffer
zone separating the Greek and Turk sides.
(SSFC, 4/27/03, A6)
2003 Jul 14, The Cyprus
parliament voted unanimously to approve the accession of the
Mediterranean island to the European Union.
2003 Dec 14, Elections in
northern Cyprus ended in a deadlock with the pro-EU opposition and
pro-government parties splitting the 50 parliamentary seats. EU
members have said that Turkey must help reunite the island before it
can realize its own membership aspirations.
(AP, 12/15/03)(WSJ, 12/15/03, p.A13)
2004 Feb 13, Greek and Turkish
Cypriot leaders agreed to resume full negotiations next week to end
the 30-year division of Cyprus before it joins the European Union on
2004 Apr 8, U.N.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed disappointment after Cypriot
leaders on both sides rejected his reunification plan.
2004 Apr 15, The United States
pledged $400 million to support a U.N. plan for reunifying Cyprus,
but stressed no money would come unless voters on the divided island
approve the settlement in a referendum next week.
2004 Apr 22, Tens of thousands
of Cypriots turned out in a final show of support for a U.N. plan to
end the 30-year division of their island.
2004 Apr 24, Greek Cypriots
overwhelmingly rejected a UN plan, the Annan Plan, to reunite
Cyprus. The European Union pledged to start searching for ways to
extend a hand of friendship to the island's long-ostracized Turkish
side. It meant that only the Greek side of Cyprus would join the
European Union on May 1.
(AP, 4/25/04)(WSJ, 4/26/04, p.A13)(Econ, 5/1/04,
2004 Apr 27, Russian Foreign
Minister Sergey Lavrov and EU officials signed an accord extending
the EU-Russia partnership accord to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania,
Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Cyprus and
Malta, which join May 1.
2004 May 1, Revelers across
ex-communist eastern Europe celebrated their historic entry to the
European Union. 10 new members (Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia,
Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia)
joined. Malta joined with 70 exemptions to EU rules. Poland had 43
exemptions. Latvia had 32. The Turkish occupied area of Cyprus was
suspended from entry.
(AP, 5/1/04)(Econ, 2/28/04, p.50)(Econ, 4/16/05,
2004 Dec 17, European Union
leaders and Turkey agreed on a compromise formula to overcome
differences over Turkish recognition of Cyprus' government as a
condition for opening EU membership talks.
2005 Feb 20, Nearly 150,000
Turkish Cypriots and illegal mainland settlers voted in a
parliamentary election for a government only recognized by Turkey
but which is seen as a barometer of prospects for reunification of
the war-divided island. The pro-reunification governing party of
Mehmet Ali Talat won.
2005 Apr 17, Mehmet Ali Talat
(53) captured 56% of the vote for the presidency of the breakaway
Turkish Cypriot state, replacing its 81-year-old founder, Rauf
Denktash. Talat pledged to work to reunite this divided
Mediterranean island and restart peace talks with Greek Cypriots
following a resounding win he labeled "a silent revolution."
2005 Apr 23, The government of
the Turkish Cypriot state in northern Cyprus resigned, making way
for PM Mehmet Ali Talat to take over as president following his
2005 May 8, The new Turkish
Cypriot government of Premier Ferdi Sabit Soyer won a vote of
confidence in the breakaway Turkish Cypriot state.
2005 Jul 29, Turkey signed an
accord extending its customs union with the EU to Cyprus and other
new EU members, a key step toward opening membership talks with the
2005 Aug 14, A Cypriot
airliner, Helios Air 737, crashed into a hill north of Athens,
killing all 121 people on board. An inquiry in 2006 ruled pilots
erred in setting pressurization controls. On April 20, 2012, three
executives of a defunct Cypriot airline and a British engineer were
each sentenced in absentia to 10 years in prison for their role in
Greece's worst air crash. The ruling came four months after a
Cypriot court acquitted the three executives during a separate
hearing over the accident.
(AP, 8/14/05)(WSJ, 10/11/06, p.A1)(Reuters,
2005 Dec 22, The European Court
of Human Rights (ECHR) ordered Turkey to put in place within three
months an effective reparations mechanism for Greek Cypriots who
were stripped of their possessions in the 1970s.
2006 May 21, Greek Cypriots
voted to elect a new parliament on this divided island, their first
vote since rejecting a UN reunification plan. Voters put their
weight behind parties in President Tassos Papadopoulos' governing
coalition, a result likely to be seen as an endorsement of his
rejection of a UN plan to reunify this war-divided island.
2006 Jun 12, EU foreign
ministers reached agreement with Cyprus on a formula to enable
Turkey to take its first step in detailed accession talks with the
2006 Jul 16, Hundreds of
exhausted evacuees flew into Cyprus as Western countries moved their
citizens from the Middle East amid continued Israeli bombardment of
2006 Sep 4, In Cyprus 3 British
holidaymakers were charged with willful manslaughter over the death
of a Cypriot teenager in a hit-and-run accident in the coastal
resort of Protaras last month. A rented Opel "repeatedly rammed" the
moped in what police described as a revenge attack following a fight
outside a Protaras disco in which a friend of the accused was beaten
2006 Sep 7, Cyprus impounded a
Panama-flagged vessel on arms smuggling suspicion. It carried 18
North Korean mobile radar units and 3 command vehicles due for
delivery to Syria.
(WSJ, 9/8/06, p.A1)(Reuters, 9/11/06)
2006 Oct 12, Scientists said a
mouse living in the Troodos Mountains of western Cyprus, that
predates the arrival of man, represents a new species, Mus
(SFC, 10/13/06, p.A13)
2006 Dec 5, The EU presidency
backed a proposal to partially suspend EU membership talks with
Turkey because of Ankara's refusal to open up to trade with Cyprus.
2006 Dec 7, Turkey offered to
open a major seaport and an airport to longtime foe Cyprus to try to
keep its EU entry talks on track. The EU called the step positive
2006 Dec 11, European Union
foreign ministers decided to suspend 8 out of 35 parts of
entry talks with Turkey over Ankara's refusal to open its ports to
trade with EU member Cyprus.
(AP, 12/11/06)(Econ, 12/16/06, p.53)
2007 Mar 9, Greek Cypriots
demolished a wall along the boundary that for decades has split
Europe's last divided capital, a dramatic gesture that officials
hope will kick-start reconciliation on the Mediterranean island.
Plastic and metal screens replaced the wall.
(AP, 3/9/07)(SFC, 3/10/07, p.A3)
2007 Jul 2, Thomas Mooney (45),
a senior American diplomat who disappeared four days ago with his
car, was found dead on Cyprus in a rural area outside the capital.
2007 Jul 10, Cyprus and Malta
received approval from EU finance ministers to join the euro.
(Econ, 7/14/07, p.57)
2007 Aug 18, Two men hijacked a
Turkish passenger plane from Cyprus bound for Istanbul, holding
several people hostage for more than four hours before surrendering.
2007 Aug 30, A cargo ship,
anchored about 2 miles from Israel's coast near the port city of
Haifa, when it was hit by the Salamis Glory, a Cypriot passenger
ship. 11 crew escaped from the sinking cargo ship. The first mate
and engineer, both residents of Slovakia, were missing.
2007 Dec 20, Conservationists
said illegal trappers on Cyprus killed more than half a million
protected birds this fall for sale at local restaurants.
2008 Jan 1, EU newcomers Cyprus
and Malta adopted the euro, bringing to fifteen the number of
countries using the currency with increasing clout over the slumping
2008 Feb 17, Communist party
leader Demetris Christofias (61) led in exit polls in Cyprus
elections. Pres. Tassos Papadopoulos was eliminated in the first
round and Christofias will face former Foreign Minister Ioannis
Kasoulides (59) in a run-off on Feb 24.
(AP, 2/17/08)(SFC, 2/18/08, p.A6)
2008 Feb 24, Greek Cypriots
elected Dimitris Christofias, leader of the Communist Akel Party, as
its new president with just over 53 percent of the vote, ahead of
conservative former Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides with 46.6
percent. Christofias had campaigned on a pledge to act quickly to
restart long-stalled talks to reunify the island.
(AP, 2/25/08)(Econ, 3/1/08, p.53)
2008 Mar 21, The Greek and
Turkish Cypriot leaders agreed to restart peace talks on reunifying
their ethnically split island, and to open a crossing in the heart
of the divided capital.
2008 Apr 3, Ledra Street, a
main shopping street in Cyprus' divided capital that had come to
symbolize the island's ethnic partition, reopened for the first time
in 44 years, boosting hopes for a renewed drive to reunify Cyprus.
Authorities were forced to close it for nearly two hours following a
dispute over how to police the street.
2008 Apr 11, In Cyprus Turkish
Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat crossed over to the Greek Cypriot
part of the island's ethnically divided capital, the first head of
the Turkish Cypriot north to do so in more than three decades.
2008 Apr, In Cyprus human bones
from mass graves of some 100 individuals dating back 30-40 years
were laid out for relatives to collect for reburial. Almost 1500
Greek-Cypriots and some 500 Turkish-Cypriots had long been listed as
(Econ, 4/19/08, p.71)
2008 Jun 13, An int’l. bird
conservation group reported that over 1 million birds had been
illegally trapped and killed in Cyprus over the past year to be
served as local delicacies.
2008 Jul 3, The Cypriot
parliament approved the European Union treaty, making Cyprus the
20th EU member to ratify the document aimed at streamlining
decision-making in the bloc.
2008 Sep 3, Cyprus' rival Greek
and Turkish leaders, Demetris Christofias and Mehmet Ali Talat,
started new peace talks and said they hoped for a deal soon aimed at
reuniting an island divided by war 34 years ago.
(AP, 9/3/08)(Econ, 9/6/08, p.68)
2008 Sep 10, Turkish Cypriot
leader Mehmet Ali Talat said he accepts a reduction of Turkey's
military contingent but that his side will still need security
guarantees from Ankara as part of a deal to unite the divided
2008 Oct 30, Scientists
reported that 1 in 17 men living on the coasts of North Africa and
southern europe may have a Phoenician direct male line ancestor.
Evidence was based on Y-chromosomes collected in Cyprus, Malta,
Morocco, the West Bank, Syria and Tunisia.
(SFC, 10/31/08, p.A14)
2008 Dec 12, Tassos
Papadopoulos (b.1934), Cyprus' hardline former president
(2003-2008), died of lung cancer in Nicosia. He had ushered the
divided island into the European Union (2004) after rallying Greek
Cypriots to reject a UN peace deal.
2009 Jan 29, The ship
Monchegorsk arrived in Cyprus. It was examined twice after it
arrived under suspicion of ferrying weapons from Iran to Hamas
fighters in Gaza, and detained. The US military had stopped the ship
last month in the Red Sea, and said it found artillery shells and
other arms on board. But it could not legally detain the ship, which
continued to Port Said, Egypt, and then to Cyprus.
2009 Apr 19, Turkish Cypriot
nationalists won a parliamentary election that could stifle a
promising effort to reunite Cyprus, an ethnically divided island.
The right-wing National Unity Party (UBP), led by Dervish Eroglu,
garnered 44% of the vote. The ruling leftist Republican Turkish
Party (CTP), of Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, won 29%.
(AP, 4/19/09)(Econ, 4/25/09, p.56)
2009 Apr 28, An EU court ruled
that judges in Cyprus can compel the return of land seized after the
1974 Turkish invasion.
(WSJ, 4/28/09, p.A1)
2009 Sep 22, A sharply divided
EU failed to protect the threatened bluefin tuna, as the bloc's
Mediterranean nations refused to back even a temporary a ban on
catching the fish prized by sushi aficionados. Greece, Cyprus,
Malta, Spain, France and Italy, with strong fishermen's lobbies at
home, insisted on continuing the hunt despite the precarious state
of the species. Conservation groups had earlier criticized the EU
for not pushing to list the bluefin tuna under the Convention on
International Trade in Endangered Species.
2009 Nov 11, Cypriots gave a
guarded response to Britain's offer to hand back half its remaining
three percent of Cyprus's landmass if rival sides on the ethnically
split island reach a peace deal.
2009 Dec 11, Cyprus police said
grave robbers over night had stolen the corpse of former Cyprus
President Tassos Papadopoulos after digging up his coffin on the eve
of the first anniversary of the statesmen's death. Police discovered
the missing body of former President Papadopoulos in another grave
on March 8.
(AP, 12/11/09)(AP, 3/9/10)
2010 Jan 11, In Cyprus Andy
Hadjicostis (41), the director of the Dias publishing group, was
fatally shot outside his home in central Nicosia, in an attack that
bore the hallmarks of a contract killing. The gunman fled on a
motorcycle driven by an accomplice. 3 men were soon arrested and
held pending formal charges. On Feb 5 Cyprus police formally pressed
murder charges against TV host Elena Skordelli, her brother
Anastasios Krasopoullis and Andreas Grigoriou in the suspected Jan
11 contract killing of Andy Hadjicostis (41), the island's most
(AP, 1/12/10)(AP, 1/15/10)(AP, 2/5/10)
2010 Jan 25, Cyprus police said
they have busted a smuggling ring in Cyprus and recovered dozens of
ancient artifacts it planned to sell for euro11 million (15.5
million), including a miniature gold coffin, silver coins and
terra-cotta urns. Ten Cypriots were arrested during the raids over
the weekend, and authorities were searching for another five
suspects, including a Syrian man.
2010 Mar 21, Cyprus police said
grave robbers stole the remains of 3 Cyprus Archbishops who led the
island's Greek Orthodox church in the late 19th and early 20th
centuries. Sofronios III and Kyrillos II led the Cypriot church
between 1865 and 1916 during Ottoman and British colonial rule.
Police arrested a Romanian man suspected of vandalizing the tombs.
2010 Apr 18, Turkish Cypriots
voted for a new leader, aware that their choice could lead to a
deadlock in peace talks and possibly jeopardize Turkey's bid for EU
membership. Nationalist Dervis Eroglu narrowly defeated leftist
incumbent Mehmet Ali Talat in the election with 50.38 percent of the
vote, promising to continue reunification talks with rival Greek
Cypriots. Talat drew 42.85 percent. With a clear mandate, there is
little incentive for Eroglu to abandon his support for two separate
states on the island.
(AP, 4/18/10)(AP, 4/19/10)
2010 Jun 4, Pope Benedict XVI
began a pilgrimage to Cyprus bringing a message of peace to the
region as Greek Cypriot leaders made a blistering attack on Turkey
for its occupation of northern Cyprus.
2010 Jun 29, In Cyprus the
alleged paymaster of a Russian spy ring was arrested on an Interpol
warrant while trying to board a flight to Budapest, Hungary, two
days after his 10 alleged co-conspirators were arrested in the
United States. His companion, a beautiful younger woman, was allowed
to fly out. The suspect, who called himself Christopher Metsos,
vanished after handing over a Canadian passport that claimed he was
54 and got released on bail.
2010 Aug 26, Asil Nadir (69), a
Turkish Cypriot businessman, returned to London to face charges of
fraud. He had fled Britain almost two decades ago following the
spectacular collapse of his business empire. Nadir fled the country
in May of 1993, four months before he was scheduled to face trial.
2010 Sep 26, A boat carrying
Jewish activists from Israel, Europe and the US set sail from Cyprus
bound for Gaza, in a bid to run Israel's blockade of the Palestinian
2010 Oct 14, Rival Cypriot
leaders opened a new crossing point linking the ethnically split
island's Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities, offering a boost to
plodding reunification talks.
2011 Apr 4, A Cyprus court
found a jailed murderer, his brother and another man guilty of
unlawfully exhuming the body of Tassos Papadopoulos, the island's
former president (2003-2008). Papadopoulos’s body was snatched from
a Nicosia cemetery in 2009 and was reburied three months later after
police arrested the suspects and found the body.
2011 Jul 11, In Cyprus a
massive explosion ripped through a naval base after a brush fire
detonated gunpowder stored in containers, killing 13 people,
wounding 62. The Vasilikos power station was destroyed taking out
half the country’s electricity supply. Defense Minister Costas
Papacostas and the country's top military official, National Guard
chief Brig. Gen. Petros Tsalikides, resigned over the incident. On
Aug 2, 2013, Papacostas (74) was sentenced to 5 years in prison
after he was found guilty of manslaughter and causing death through
(AP, 7/11/11)(AP, 7/15/11)(Econ, 8/6/11,
2011 Aug 3, In Cyprus the
junior party in the ruling coalition left the government.
(Econ, 8/6/11, p.63)
2011 Sep 19, Turkey escalated a
dispute with Cyprus over oil and gas drilling in the eastern
Mediterranean, saying that it would send warships to protect its
claims to resources off the coast of the divided island. US energy
firm, Nobel Energy, had just exploratory drilling for oil and gas
off the coast of Cyprus despite strong warnings from Turkey not to
2011 Sep 21, Turkey’s Pres.
Erdogan signed a deal with Turkish-controlled north Cyprus to begin
drilling for oil and gas.
(Econ, 9/24/11, p.63)
2012 Jan 13, Turkish Cypriot
leader Rauf Denktash (87) died. He was the driving force behind the
Turkish Cypriot declaration of independence in 1983.
(AP, 1/14/12)(Econ, 1/21/12, p.106)
2012 Jan 27, Fitch ratings
downgraded the debt of Belgium, Cyprus, Italy, Slovenia and Spain
even as European finance chiefs gathering in Davos sought to
reassure global business leaders that Europe is on track to solve
its debt crises.
(SFC, 1/27/12, p.A4)
2012 Feb 16, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu paid a historic visit to Cyprus, declaring the
two countries' warming ties a "natural relationship" in a reflection
of the rapidly shifting alliances in this turbulent part of the
2012 Mar 4, Israel and Cyprus
signed an accord to lay an underwater electricity cable between the
Mediterranean nations, the first stage in a bid to transfer power
between the Jewish state and mainland Europe. Additional underwater
cables are to connect Cyprus and mainland Europe via Greece, which
was also part of the agreement signed in Jerusalem. The deal is
still subject to final approval by Israel, Cyprus and Greece, that
is expected to follow the completion of a feasibility study within a
2012 Jun, The Cypriot
government asked for a bail-out after two of its largest banks,
stacked with Greek bonds, fell victim to the 2011 write-down of
(Econ, 1/26/13, p.48)
2012 Oct 4, London listed
steelmaker Evraz, part-owned by tycoon Roman Abramovich, is to gain
control of one of Russia's largest coal mines after acquiring a half
stake in Cyprus-based investment vehicle Corber Enterprises for an
2012 Nov 4, In Cyprus David Lee
Collins (19), an off-duty British soldier, was stabbed to
death in a nightclub. On Nov 5 a court in Cyprus remanded
three British tourists in custody on suspicion of the fatal
stabbing. On May 17, 2013, Mohammed Abdulkadir Osman (19) of London
was jailed for eight years for the fatal stabbing. Charges against
two other men arrested with him were dropped in a plea bargain.
(AP, 11/5/12)(Reuters, 5/17/13)
2012 The population of Cyprus
was about 850,000.
(Econ, 7/7/12, p.53)
2013 Feb 24, Greek Cypriots
voted for a new president. Conservative opposition party leader
Nicos Anastasiades garnered 45.46% of the vote in the first round of
voting, some 18 points over communist-backed Stavros Malas. With
nearly all the votes counted, Anastasiades had 57.48% of the
ballots, far ahead of Malas' 42.52%.
(AP, 2/24/13)(Econ, 2/23/13, p.50)
2013 Mar 16, In Cyprus anxious
depositors drained cash from ATMs after European officials ruled
that part of a new 10-billion-euro bailout must be paid for directly
from the bank accounts of ordinary savers. An emergency deal in
Brussels set a one-time levy of 9.9% on Cypriot bank deposits of
more than 100,000 euros. Deposits under that would be taxed at
(SSFC, 3/17/13, p.A3)
2013 Mar 17, Cyprus Pres. Nicos
Anastasiades urged lawmakers to approve a tax on bank deposits to
save the country from bankruptcy.
(SFC, 3/18/13, p.A3)
2013 Mar 17, Britain's Treasury
chief said the government will compensate UK troops who lose money
to Cyprus's bailout tax, a levy of 6.75 to 9.9 percent on all bank
balances as part of a deal with creditors for €10 billion ($13
billion) in rescue money. British residents of Cyprus not working
for the UK military or government could be out of pocket.
2013 Mar 19, Cyprus lawmakers
unanimously rejected a proposed rescue package that included taxes
on bank depositor accounts.
(Econ, 3/23/13, p.75)
2013 Mar 21, A Cyprus criminal
court found Hossam Taleb Yaacoub (24), a Swedish-Lebanese citizen
and Hezbollah member, guilty of helping to plan attacks on Israelis
(SFC, 3/22/13, p.A2)
2013 Mar 22, Cyprus lawmakers
approved 3 key bills aiming to secure a broader bailout package and
stave off imminent bankruptcy.
(SFC, 3/23/13, p.A3)
2013 Mar 25, Cyprus clinched a
last-minute solution to avert imminent financial meltdown early
today after it agreed to slash its oversized banking sector and
inflict hefty losses on wealthy depositors in troubled banks to
secure a 10 billion euro ($13 billion) bailout. Under the terms of
the bailout deal, the country' second largest bank, Laiki — which
sustained the most damaged from bad Greek debt and loans — is to be
split up, with its nonperforming loans and toxic assets going into a
"bad bank." The healthy side will be absorbed into the Bank of
(AP, 3/25/13)(AP, 3/30/13)
2013 Mar 28, Cypriots get their
first chance to access their savings in almost two weeks when the
country's banks reopened, albeit with strict restrictions on
2013 Mar 30, Officials said big
depositors at Cyprus' largest bank may be forced to accept losses of
up to 60 percent, far more than initially estimated under the
European rescue package to save the country from bankruptcy.
2013 Apr 2, Cyprus finance
minister Michalis Sarris resigned after only 5 weeks on the job. He
had agreed in negotiations with the EU to impose a “haircut" on
samll savers with less than €100,000 in their accounts.
(Econ, 4/16/13, p.61)
2013 May 8, Iran withdrew its
ambassador in Cyprus to protest the country's decision to extradite
an Iranian to the United States for prosecution. Iranian Saeid
Mohabat (45) was extradicted to the US last month to face charges of
breaching UN sanctions against Iran.
2013 Jul 9, A Cyprus criminal
court found former defense minister Costas Papacostas guilty of
manslaughter in the explosion of confiscated Iranian munitions in
2011 that killed 13 people and wrecked his country's main power
station. On Aug 2 Papacostas was sentenced to 5 years in prison.
(AP, 7/9/13)(AP, 8/2/13)
2013 Sep 2, A court in Cyprus
ordered the extradition of Dinos Michaelides, a former Cypriot
interior minister, to Greece for questioning related to corruption
charges against Akis Tsohatzopoulos, a once-powerful Greek
politician, who is now in jail.
2013 Oct 7, In Cyprus an
independent judicial inquiry said former communist president,
Demetris Christofias, and his government bear chief blame for the
island's financial meltdown in March after they failed to control
spending and behaved in an imperious manner.
2013 Nov 12, In Cyprus the
largest haul of looted, centuries-old church icons, frescoes and
mosaics ever repatriated were officially welcomed after a nearly
four-decade journey. Police discovered the religious treasures in a
1997 raid on the apartment of Turkish art dealer Aydin Dikmen in
2013 Nov 15, Cyprus’ former
Pres. Glafcos Clerides (b.1919) died. He was widely regarded as a
world-class statesman who guided Cyprus into the EU.
2014 Jan 28, A Cyprus Forestry
Department official said illegal logging in the bailed-out island
nation has picked up sharply as people turn to firewood to save on
2014 Feb 11, Cyprus Pres. Nicos
Anastasiades met with Dervis Eroglu on the UN’s “green line" and put
forward a “road-map" where their two communities would unite under a
federation but run their affairs as “constituent states."
(Econ, 2/15/14, p.48)
2014 Mar 4, Cyprus's parliament
approved plans for privatizations, averting a showdown with
international lenders who insist on state selloffs as part of a 10
billion-euro ($13.77 billion) bailout.
2014 Mar 10, Cypriot Central
Bank governor Panicos Demetriades, whose testy relations with
island's government dogged a tumultuous tenure when Cyprus teetered
on the brink of bankruptcy, resigned.
2014 Apr 30, Cyprus said it has
raised 100 million euros ($137 million) through its first bond issue
since international lenders rescued the country from near-bankruptcy
a little over a year ago.
2014 May 12, The European Court
of Human Rights (ECHR) ordered Turkey to pay 90 million euros ($124
million) in damages for its 1974 invasion of Cyprus, the largest
such ruling in its history. Turkish officials the next day said that
the country will not pay the fine.
2014 May 17, Cyprus' finance
minister said that international creditors have given a fourth
straight positive review to the country's financial rescue program
and are projecting that its economy will shrink this year slightly
less than earlier forecasts.
2014 Jun 18, Cyprus raised 750
million euros ($1.017 million) from international markets with its
first public issue of bonds since last year's international bailout
saved it from bankruptcy.
2014 Oct 7, Cyprus' president
suspended talks on reunifying the ethnically divided island in
response to Turkey's plans to search for oil and gas in waters where
the Cypriot government has already licensed Italy's Eni and South
Korea's Kogas to drill.
2014 In Cyprus more than two
million migratory songbirds were indiscriminately slaughtered this
year to be served as delicacies in local restaurants. Although
trapping is illegal, authorities had yet to introduce a
comprehensive action plan against bird trapping.
2015 Feb 25, Cyprus signed a
deal with Russia allowing its navy ships to make regular port calls
on the island.
2015 Mar 20, Europol, the
European Union's policy agency, said that raids earlier this week in
Austria, Cyprus, Slovenia and Switzerland led to 26 arrests and the
identification of 14 possible victims of the smugglers. The raids of
brothels and restaurants targeted Chinese criminal networks that
reportedly smuggled people to the continent.
2015 Apr 2, The Cyprus
parliament legislated to criminalize the denial of the massacre of
an estimated 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks a century ago.
2015 Apr 19, In Cyprus Turkish
Cypriots voted for a new leader for the breakaway north in an
unpredictable contest as talks to reunify the ethnically split
island are expected to resume next month.
2015 Apr 26, Voters in the
breakaway Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus went to the polls to
choose a new president in a runoff that could accelerate UN-backed
efforts to unify the island. Turkish Cypriot independent Mustafa
Akinci swept to victory with 60.5 percent of the vote over incumbent
conservative Dervis Eroglu.
(AFP, 4/26/15)(Reuters, 4/27/15)
2015 Apr 29, The leaders of
Cyprus, Egypt and Greece agreed to step up cooperation on combatting
terrorism amid fears that worsening security conditions in
neighboring countries such as Libya could threaten the region.
2015 Jun 29, Cyprus jailed
Hussein Bassam Abdallah (26), a member of the armed wing of
Hezbollah, for six years after he pleaded guilty to charges of
stockpiling explosives to attack Jewish targets abroad.
2015 Jul 17, Cyprus' largest
bank said it has sold off more than three quarters of its Russian
operations to limit its exposure to risk and to concentrate on its
core, domestic business.
2015 Sep 7, Cyprus said it
would be willing to take in up to 300 migrants fleeing upheaval in
the Middle East under new EU quotas, but would prefer them to be
2015 Oct 15, Cyprus decried an
undersea pipeline carrying fresh water from Turkey to the breakaway
Turkish Cypriot north, saying it aims to further cement Ankara's
grip on the ethnically-divided island.
2015 Oct 21, More than 100
migrants crowded into two boats landed at a British airbase on the
Mediterranean island of Cyprus, bringing the crisis that has rocked
much of Europe to British sovereign soil.
2015 Dec 21, The Central Bank
of Cyprus revoked the operating license for the local branch of
Tanzania's FBME Bank Ltd. In July the US Financial Crimes
Enforcement Network, or FinCen, concluded that FBME was used by
customers involved in money laundering, fraud and terrorist
2015 Financier Low Taek Jho
obtained Cyprus nationality under the country’s investment for
passport scheme after buying a mansion for 5 million euros ($5.6
million) in the resort town of Agia Napa. He immediately left the
island after purchasing the property and getting the passport. This
was reported in 2019. Low has been painted by prosecutors as the
mastermind behind the 1MDB scandal, which saw more than $4.5 billion
allegedly misappropriated from the Malaysian investment fund.
2016 Jan 27, The International
Monetary Fund said it has made another 126.3 million euros ($136.87
million) available to Cyprus after completing what it said was its
second-to-last review of the Eurozone country's rescue deal.
2016 Mar 29, EgyptAir flight
MS181 took off from Bourg el-Arab airport just outside Alexandria on
a regular route to Cairo when it was hijacked to Cyprus. Hijacker
Seifedeen Mustafa wore a fake explosives belt and was taken into
custody after he released all the passengers and crew.
2016 May 22, Cypriots voted for
a new parliament amid public disillusionment with what many see as a
discredited political establishment.
2016 May 26, In Cyprus UN envoy
Espen Barth Eide said he has asked Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa
Akinci to help "rectify" the new policy that reportedly limits
worship in any church to once a year.
2016 Jun 20, In Cyprus a
large forest fire continued to rage out of control and so far has
scorched 15 square km (5.8 sq. miles) of trees and countryside.
2016 Jun 21, In Cyprus 2
firefighters were killed and a third was critically injured in the
foothills of the Troodos mountain region while tackling one of the
largest forest fires in Cyprus in years.
2016 Jun 23, Cyprus finally
brought a massive wildfire under control after a five-day battle
that saw two firefighters killed and five foreign governments send
aircraft to help. The blaze destroyed at least 15 square km (six
square miles) of orchards and forest in the Solea valley in the
northern foothills of the Troodos mountains.
2016 Jun 23, Egyptian hijacker
Seif Eddin Mustafa told a Cypriot court that he hijacked the
domestic EgyptAir flight in March intending to seek asylum in Italy
in order to "point the finger" at the Egyptian military regime.
Mustafa claimed he saw Giulio Regeni being interrogated in a
2016 Jun 23, In Cyprus 4 people
were killed in a shootout outside a packed restaurant in the resort
of Ayia Napa that had the hallmarks of a gangland vendetta.
2016 Aug 31, Cyprus and Egypt
signed an agreement that paves the way for the supply of gas to the
Arab nation via an undersea pipeline that officials hope will create
a regional energy hub. The first gas through the new pipeline was
expected to reach Egypt sometime between 2020 and 2022.
2016 Nov 29, In Cyprus two
female high school students and the driver of their school bus were
killed when the vehicle collided head-on with a truck along a busy
mountain road in the northern, Turkish Cypriot half of the island's
2016 Dec 2, In Cyprus the
leaders of the ethnically split island ended a two-week stalemate by
agreeing to meet next month in Geneva for a summit to tackle the
most difficult issues in the way of a peace deal.
2016 In Cyprus trappers killed
some 2.3 million birds this autumn, up from 1.4 million in 2010.
Trappers can catch thousands of birds a season, selling a dozen for
up to $45 (40 euros) to restaurants, which serve a traditional dish
called ambelopoulia, for nearly twice the price.
2017 Jan 5, Cyprus' biggest
bank said it has fully repaid 11.4 billion euros ($11.9 billion) of
emergency cash it received to stay afloat during a 2013 banking
crisis that forced the island to need a multibillion euro rescue
deal from its eurozone partners.
2017 Jan 10, Rival Cypriot
leaders returned to the negotiating table in Geneva to press on with
an ambitious bid to end decades of conflict, with talks centered on
the island's future system of government.
2017 Jan 15, Turkey's state-run
news agency said nine Turkish colonels have been detained in
northern Cyprus as part of the investigation into the movement
allegedly responsible for a failed coup in July.
2017 Jan 26, The UN Security
Council voted unanimously to keep the UN peacekeeping force in
Cyprus for another six months and urged Greek and Turkish Cypriots
"to grasp the current opportunity" to reunite the divided
2017 Feb 16, A feud over
Cyprus' troubled history led to the abrupt halt of reunification
talks between the ethnically split island's rival leaders, with
confusion and much finger pointing over who walked out on whom.
2017 Mar 8, The leaders of
Cyprus' Christian and Muslim faithful banded together in a pledge to
work with authorities and help end violence against women and girls
on the ethnically divided island.
2017 Apr 11, Talks aimed at
reunifying ethnically divided Cyprus restarted with rival leaders
hoping to claw back diminished trust and lost momentum after a
2017 May 19, An international
convention targeting the illicit trade in cultural artifacts took
effect today, a move to curb what is regarded as a major source of
funding to militant groups in conflict zones. Armenia, Cyprus,
Greece, Portugal and San Marino as well as Mexico became the first
countries to sign the convention drafted by the Strasbourg-based
Council of Europe during a meeting in Nicosia.
2017 Jun 15, Israeli PM
Benjamin Netanyahu promised to promote plans for an ambitious
Mediterranean undersea natural gas pipeline project, in a bid by his
country to become a key European energy supplier. Israel hoped to
export much of its newly discovered natural gas to Europe by a
proposed 2,200-km (1,350-mile) undersea pipeline to Cyprus and
2017 Jul 7, A week of
UN-mediated talks in the Swiss Alps to end the partition of Cyprus
collapsed in acrimony, throwing the prospect of any reunification
between Greek and Turkish Cypriots into disarray.
2017 Jul 26, Authorities in the
breakaway north of ethnically divided Cyprus said they have lifted
restrictions on Maronite Christians reclaiming homes and property in
villages that have been under Turkish military control since 1974.
2017 Sep 10, Cyprus police
arrested a 36-year-old man for allegedly driving one of two boats
that brought 305 Syrian refugees to the Mediterranean island's
2017 Oct 4, The UN Peace
Keeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) said that it regrets a decision by
Turkish Cypriot authorities to start imposing taxes and fees on
humanitarian goods delivered to Greek Cypriots in the breakaway
north of the ethnically split island.
2017 Oct 20, In Cyprus a senior
Orthodox Christian cleric announced that couples who marry in civil
ceremonies are banned from taking wedding photos outside places of
worship, after an uproar over a lewd photo taken in a chapel
courtyard. The region is known for hosting destination weddings.
2017 Nov 2, The European Court
of Human Rights blocked Cypriot authorities from extraditing
Egyptian hijacker Seif Eddin Mustafa to his homeland until it can
examine the case. Mustafa hijacked a domestic EgyptAir flight in
March 2016 using a fake suicide belt and diverted it to Cyprus.
2017 Nov 21, The leaders of
Cyprus, Egypt and Greece met in Cyprus and pledged closer
cooperation on migration. They also sought to get the European Union
more actively engaged in efforts to get a grip on migration, much of
which stems from war-torn Syria and Libya.
2017 Dec 14, The defense
ministers of Cyprus, Egypt and Greece agreed to step up cooperation
in combating drug, weapons and people trafficking in the east
Mediterranean and to share information on countering the threat of
2018 Jan 6, Kosovo police said
Moshe Harel, Israeli ringleader of a global gang of organ
traffickers, has been arrested in Cyprus. He was suspected of
organizing dozens of illegal kidney transplants at the Medicus
clinic in the capital Pristina in 2008.
2018 Jan 7, In Cyprus Turkish
Cypriots voted in a snap parliamentary election overshadowed by last
year's failure to reach a peace deal for the divided island in
UN-backed talks. The conservative National Unity Party (UBP) of PM
Huseyin Ozgurgun came out on top with 36 percent of the vote and 21
seats, short of the 26 seats needed for a majority in the 50-member
(AFP, 1/7/18) (AFP, 1/8/18)
2018 Jan 16, The leaders of
Cyprus, Greece and Jordan pledged a new partnership with tighter
cooperation on fighting terrorism, and rallied international support
for countries hosting hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing the
war in Syria.
2018 Jan 22, In Cyprus dozens
of people waving the Turkish flag smashed windows and hurled stones,
eggs and other items at the office of Afrika, A left-wing Turkish
Cypriot newspaper in Nicosia. Editor Sener Levent said Turkish
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had incited supporters to attack the
publication's office because the paper had criticized Ankara's
military offensive in Syria.
2018 Jan 24, In Cyprus some 350
Kurds burned images of the presidents of Turkey and Russia as they
marched on the US and Russian embassies in Nicosia to protest
Turkey's "invasion" of a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria.
2018 Jan 28, Voters in Cyprus
headed to the polls for a presidential election. Opinion polls put
conservative incumbent Nicos Anastasiades (71) ahead as he pledged
to restart negotiations with the Turkish-backed north quickly after
the vote. No candidate received an outright majority. Pres.
Anastasiades will face Stavros Malas, backed by the communist-rooted
AKEL party, in a runoff on Feb. 4.
(AFP, 1/28/18)(SFC, 1/29/18, p.A2)
2018 Feb 4, Voters in Cyprus
cast ballots in a presidential run-off, with incumbent Nicos
Anastasiades and his leftist challenger sparring over who is best
placed to reunify the island and boost a fragile economic recovery.
Anastasiades defeated Stavros Malas 565 to 44%.
(AFP, 2/4/18)(SFC, 2/5/18, p.A5)
2018 Feb 8, Cyprus’ energy
minister said that exploratory drilling off the southern shore has
shown indications of a potentially sizeable gas deposit that raises
hopes for more discoveries.
2018 Feb 9, Turkish warships
stopped a rig belonging to the Italian energy firm ENI as it headed
toward an area southeast of Cyprus.
2018 Feb 13, Turkish President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a warning to neighboring Greece, Cyprus
and international companies exploring for gas in the eastern
Mediterranean not to "step out of line" and encroach on Turkey's
2018 Feb 22, Turkey said it
will not allow Cyprus' government to carry out a "unilateral" gas
search off the east Mediterranean island as long as breakaway
Turkish Cypriots don't also reap the benefits.
2018 Mar 7, The EU’s executive
branch pointed the finger at Belgium, Cyprus, Hungary, Ireland,
Luxembourg, Malta and the Netherlands for "aggressive" tax policies
designed to undercut others to attract multinational companies.
2018 Mar 27, Cypriot President
Nicos Anastasiades hailed as "unprecedented" the EU's condemnation
of Turkey for blocking his government's search for offshore oil and
2018 Apr 3, The Cyprus
government deposited 2.5 billion euros ($3.1 billion) into the
island-nation's troubled Cooperative Bank in an attempt to dispel
any uncertainty over its future.
2018 Apr 5, Cyprus said it will
lodge protests over the construction of Turkey's first nuclear power
plant a few dozen kilometers from the island nation. One worry
raised is that the Akkuyu area, where the plant is to be built, is
2018 May 8, The leaders of
Cyprus, Israel and Greece said they're determined to push ahead with
plans for a pipeline that would supply east Mediterranean gas to
Europe as the continent seeks to diversify its supplies.
2018 Jun 22, The defense
ministers of Cyprus, Israel and Greece said their countries must
forge deeper military ties to improve security and more effectively
counter common threats in a turbulent region.
2018 Jul 10, An official with
the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe defended the
creation of a glossary that offers journalists on both sides of
ethnically divided Cyprus alternatives to words that are deemed
offensive or negative in their reporting of the island's
2018 Jul 18, Nineteen people
died when a boat carrying 150 migrants sank off the coast of
northern Cyprus and rescuers were searching for 25 other people. 103
migrants were rescued by boats and helicopters of the Turkish and
northern Cypriot coast guards.
2018 Aug 1, Cyprus' government
said it is asking the Organization for Security and Cooperation in
Europe (OSCE) to help defend two Turkish Cypriot journalists
investigated in Turkey over an article deemed "insulting" to that
2018 Aug 18, Cyprus extradited
Seif Eddin Mustafa, an Egyptian man who hijacked a domestic EgyptAir
flight in March, 2016, and ordered it to land in Cyprus. He was
transferred to Egyptian custody and flown to Egypt after giving up a
drawn-out legal fight.
2018 Aug 29, Turkish Cypriot
media reported that smugglers attempted to use a drone to fly
illegal drugs over the frontier separating Turkish Cypriot northern
Cyprus with the rest of the island, one of the most heavily guarded
areas in Europe.
2018 Sep 19, Cyprus and Egypt
signed an agreement paving the way for the Mediterranean’s first
subsea pipeline to carry Cypriot natural gas to the Arab country for
re-export to Europe.
2018 Oct 26, The rival leaders
of ethnically divided Cyprus agreed to open more checkpoints along
the militarized frontier that separates them, marking a rare sign of
cooperation in the deadlocked conflict.
2018 Nov 12, Cypriot officials
opened two new border crossings for the first time in eight years,
the latest push for peace by the two sides after UN-backed talks
collapsed last year.
2018 Nov 18, Turkey warned
energy companies against working with the Greek Cypriot government
in carrying out exploratory drilling in the eastern Mediterranean,
saying such activities could damage regional stability.
2018 Nov 21, Cypriot
authorities said that 47 Syrian migrants had been found on the
island's northwestern tip after being dropped off by suspected
2018 Dec 5, In northern Cyprus
at least four people were killed in flooding late today as hail and
rain hammered the island.
2018 Dec 5, Russia warned
authorities in Cyprus not to allow the US military to deploy on
their territory, saying such a move would draw a Russian reaction
and result in "dangerous and destabilizing consequences" for the
2018 Dec 19, In Cyprus Jordan's
foreign affairs minister said his country is seeking closer ties
with Greece and Cyprus as part of a strategy to bolster regional
peace and security and promote economic cooperation.
2019 Jan 24, About three dozen
Cypriots who alleged they were tortured while in custody during
fighting against British colonial rule more than 60 years ago said
that they feel vindicated after the UK government agreed to pay them
1 million pounds ($1.3 million).
2019 Feb 5, Greek PM Alexis
Tsipras visited Turkey where he will meet Turkish President Recep
Tayyip Erdogan for talks to ease tensions over bilateral disputes
and the long-running Cyprus problem.
2019 Feb 13, Cyprus' finance
minister said his government is tightening rules for the country's
lucrative scheme granting passports to wealthy investors, making it
ineligible to anyone who has already been rejected by another
European Union country running similar plans.
2019 Feb 28, Cyprus said
ExxonMobil has made the world's third-biggest gas find in the last
two years off its coast.
2019 Mar 6, An inquiry into the
demise of Cyprus' Co-operative bank faulted senior executives for
bad judgment, inaction and ineptitude in dealing with a mountain of
bad loans, while blaming the finance minister for failing to take
2019 Apr 14, In Cyprus the
bound body of 38-year-old Mary Rose Tiburcio, from the Philippines,
was found down a flooded shaft near a toxic man-made lake. The
discovery triggered a homicide investigation that led to the arrest
of a Cypriot military captain.
2019 Apr 22, Cypriot
authorities searched a flooded mineshaft where two dead female
bodies have been discovered as well as a nearby lake for further
bodies. A suspect in the killings, a 35 year-old Greek Cypriot
military officer, remained in custody.
2019 Apr 25, In Cyprus Nicos
Metaxas (35), a Greek Cypriot army officer, admitted to killing four
more people than he had previously admitted to. The suspect also
pointed investigators to a military firing range, where they
discovered another unidentified body.
2019 Apr 28, Cypriot
investigators hunting for victims of a suspected serial killer
retrieved a suitcase containing the decomposing remains of a woman
from the bottom of a man-made lake. The retrieved suitcase is one of
two that were located in the lake a day earlier.
2019 May 2, Cypriot justice
minister Ionas Nicolaou resigned as criticism of police mounted for
mistakes that may have led a serial killer claim more victims.
(SFC, 5/3/19, p.A2)
2019 May 3, Cyprus President
Nicos Anastasiades fired the small island nation's police chief,
saying botched missing person investigations might have allowed a
self-confessed serial killer to claim more victims.
2019 Jun 4, Cypriot authorities
recovered the remains of a body stuffed in a suitcase at the bottom
of a lake believed to be the sixth victim of a suspected serial
killer. The suitcase is thought to contain the body of missing
Filipina Maricar Valdez.
2019 Jun 7, Cyprus renegotiated
a contract with a consortium made up of Shell, Texas-Based Noble
Energy and Israel's Delek that paves the way for the exploitation of
an offshore field that is estimated to hold 4.1 trillion cubic feet
of gas. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country is
determined to protect Turkish Cypriots' rights to gas deposits in
the eastern Mediterranean.
2019 Jun 15, Turkey criticized
southern European Union nations for urging the EU to consider action
against Turkey over its bid to drill for gas in waters where Cyprus
has exclusive economic rights.
2019 Jun 18, Greek PM Alexis
Tsipras demanded that the European Union issue a reprimand to Turkey
for its "illegal" gas exploration in Cyprus, after Ankara defied
calls for it to cease drilling in the region.
2019 Jun 20, Turkey launched a
second drillship that will drill for gas off neighboring Cyprus'
east coast despite European Union warnings to refrain from such
illegal actions or face sanctions.
2019 Jun 24, In Cyprus Greek
Cypriot army captain Nikos Metaxas (35), who murdered five women and
two girls, was handed seven life sentences.
2019 Jul 11, In Cyprus mobile
phone coverage was extended to both sides of the divide on the east
Mediterranean island nation.
2019 Jul 15, The EU imposed
sanctions on Turkey over its drilling for gas in waters around
(Econ, 7/27/19, p.46)
2019 Jul 18, A Cyprus court
ordered 12 Israelis vacationing on the east Mediterranean island
nation to remain in police custody for eight days after a
19-year-old British woman alleged that she was raped a day earlier
at the popular resort of Ayia Napa. On October 15 the teenager said
that she feared for her life after “aggressive" police allegedly
forced her to sign a retraction.
(AP, 7/18/19)(The Telegraph, 10/15/19)
2019 Jul 26, A Cyprus court
extended the detention of seven Israeli teenagers out of the 12 who
were arrested as suspects in the rape of a 19-year-old British
woman. Five suspects were released a day earlier.
2019 Jul 28, Police in Cyprus
arrested a 19-year-old British woman on suspicion of filing a false
complaint of gang rape for which a dozen Israeli teens had been
detained as suspects. A lawyer said Cyprus police will release all
seven Israeli teenagers who were being detained as suspects in the
alleged rape of a British woman. Investigators questioning the woman
concluded that her allegations "didn't stand to reason." On October
15 the teenager said that she feared for her life after “aggressive"
police allegedly forced her to sign a retraction.
(Reuters, 7/28/19)(AP, 7/18/19)(The Telegraph,
2019 Jul 31, Egypt's foreign
minister said hydrocarbon finds in the eastern Mediterranean have
bolstered an already "strong partnership" with neighboring Cyprus.
2019 Aug 7, Greek Energy
Minister Kostis Hatzidakis said Greece, Israel, Cyprus and the
United States have agreed to enhance cooperation in energy, cyber
and infrastructure security following a meeting of the ministers
from the four countries in Athens.
2019 Oct 8, On the island
nation of Cyprus a new research center to monitor greenhouse gas
emissions in the east Mediterranean and the Middle East officially
launched as part of efforts to tackle climate change across the
vulnerable region. The 30 million-euro ($33 million) project is
equally funded by the European Union and Cyprus.
2019 Oct 8, Egypt, Cyprus, and
Greece condemned an "unlawful and unacceptable" bid by Turkey to
drill inside waters where Cyprus has exclusive economic rights.
2019 Oct 15, Lebanon's defense
minister said his country and Cyprus have agreed to work together on
curbing boat loads of migrants from reaching the east Mediterranean
2019 Oct 23, Cyprus said it
would investigate the circumstances under which relatives of
Cambodia's prime minister were granted citizenship and did not rule
out revoking passports if necessary.
2019 Nov 4, Cyprus Pres. Nicos
Anastasiades pledged to revoke any of his island republic's
passports found to have been "mistakenly" granted to wealthy
overseas investors under a controversial cash-for-citizenship
2019 Nov 6, Cyprus said that it
had started a process to strip 26 individuals of citizenship they
received under a secretive passports-for-investment scheme,
admitting it had flaws.
2019 Nov 22, Several hundred
Cypriots from both sides of the divided island marched to demand
reunification as the Mediterranean country's two leaders prepared to
meet for talks.
2019 Dec 21, Cyprus hailed the
new US Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act of
2019 geared toward boosting energy and security cooperation in the
east Mediterranean saying it is indicative of the significance that
Washington attaches to the region.
2019 Dec 30, A Cyprus court
found a 19 year-old British woman guilty of fabricating claims that
she was gang raped last July 17 by 12 Israelis in a hotel room at a
tourist resort in the east Mediterranean island nation, saying that
her story lacked credibility. The woman says she is innocent and
will appeal the ruling.
2020 Jan 6, A Scandinavian
woman said she was forced by Cypriot police to withdraw a rape claim
or face arrest in 1998, in a striking parallel to the case of a
British teenager who was allegedly gang raped on the Mediterranean
(The Telegraph, 1/6/20)
2020 Jan 7, A Cypriot court
handed a four-month suspended sentence to a 19-year-old British
woman who was found guilty of public mischief after authorities said
she made up claims that she was raped by up to a dozen Israelis.
2020 Jan 8, Cyprus approved a
request from the US authorities via the American embassy in Nicosia
to temporarily deploy on the eastern Mediterranean island a rapid
response unit to evacuate personnel working in US diplomatic
missions in the region, as well as US citizens, if the need arises.
2020 Jan 16, Cyprus, Greece,
Israel, Italy, Jordan and Palestine established a bloc called the
East Mediterranean Gas Forum.
(Econ., 8/22/20, p.50)
2020 Jan 19, Turkey called for
the European Union to end what it said was the bloc's prejudice
against Turkish Cypriots, defending its launch of a fresh round of
hydrocarbons drilling off the Mediterranean island.
2020 Feb 5, Cyprus said it is
preparing new legislation to curb the large number of sham marriages
that are being conducted to help individuals obtain residency
permits and potentially easier access to the European Union.
2020 Feb 28, Cyprus' interior
minister accused Turkey of deliberately channeling migrants for
months to the ethnically-divided island's Greek Cypriot south to
change the composition of its population.
2020 Feb 29, In Cyprus dozens
of people pushed aside police barriers to protest the closing of a
crossing point in the medieval core of the capital of ethnically
divided island. There have been no confirmed cases of the
coronavirus found so far on either side of the divide.
2020 Mar 7, Cyprus riot police
used pepper spray to thwart Turkish Cypriot protesters trying to
shove their way through a barricaded crossing point in the heart of
the ethnically divided island nation's capital.
2020 Mar 28, Northern Cyprus
reported its first death from the coronavirus after a 67-year old
German tourist died in hospital in Nicosia.
2020 Mar 29, Cyprus recorded 35
new coronavirus cases, more than double the number reported a day
earlier. This brought Cyprus' total to 214 cases and six recorded
2020 Mar 30, Cyprus imposed a
curfew to contain the spread of coronavirus, extending a broad
lockdown introduced two weeks ago after a weekend spike in recorded
2020 May 11, Turkey was
denounced by ministers of five countries for drilling in an offshore
area where Cyprus has exclusive economic rights. Cyprus, Greece,
Egypt, France and the UAE also protested a maritime border
delineation and military cooperation agreement that Turkey signed
last year with Libya's UN-backed government.
(SFC, 5/13/19, p.A3)
2020 Jun 9, Cyprus reopened its
airports following an 11-week ban aimed at curbing the spread of
COVID-19. Cyprus permitted 19 countries with low coronavirus
infection rates for commercial flights.
2020 Aug 21, In Cyprus
thousands of motorcyclists staged simultaneous rides through cities
and towns to protest a police decree that they claim infringes on
their constitutional right to unfettered mobility. Police say a ban
on large-displacement motorcycles from some city streets during the
predawn hours on certain days is needed to combat noise pollution
that has gotten out of hand because of illegally modified
2020 Sep 6, Cyprus police said
that four vessels appeared off Cyprus’ eastern and southern coast
over the last two days carrying a total 123 migrants and about half
of them have been permitted to disembark.
2020 Oct 2, EU leaders finally
agreed to hit Belarus with sanctions early today before warning
Turkey it faced the same punishment if it continued oil and gas
drilling in disputed areas of the Mediterranean. Cyprus had vetoed
agreement on the sanctions, which do not hit President Alexander
Lukashenko personally, until it was satisfied the EU's condemnation
of Turkey was strong enough.
(The Telegraph, 10/2/20)
2020 Oct 6, Cyprus and Lebanon
reaffirmed an agreement for Lebanese authorities to take back
migrants aboard boats trying to reach Cypriot shores.
2020 Oct 21, During a
trilateral regional summit in Nicosia, Cypriot President Nicos
Anastasiades, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Greek PM
Kyriakos Mitsotakis urged Ankara to end its “aggressive" actions
related to Turkish energy exploration in the eastern Mediterranean.
2020 Oct 22, Turkey’s Foreign
Ministry slammed a joint statement by Greece, Cyprus and Egypt that
condemns Turkish energy exploration in the eastern Mediterranean and
numerous “provocations" that they maintain are threatening regional
2020 Oct 26, Turkey’s Pres.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Ersin Tatar, the newly-elected Turkish
Cypriot leader, voiced their support for the resumption of peace
talks for Cyprus based on a solution envisioning two separate states
— departing from a formula followed for decades.
2020 Nov 12, The defense
ministers of Cyprus, Greece and Israel agreed to step up military
cooperation they said will keep their armed forces better prepared,
help create more jobs and bolster security in a fraught region.