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1974 Cyprus Divided

Turkish Soldier in Cyprus

On July 15th 1974 the Cyrpiot National Guard with the support of the Greek military staged a coup in Cyprus, ousting Cypriot President Makarios III. Makarios was replaced by Nikos Sampson who was a Greek nationalist. In response the Turks invaded the island five day later. They eventually conquered 40% of the island. Cyprus has remained divided ever since.