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June 1955

Cyprus Conflict

Cyprus is an island in the Eastern Mediterranean adjacent to Turkey, which is 43 miles away to the north. Syria is 64 miles to the east and the Greek mainland is 500 miles away.

Where did it happen?

Why did it happen?

Britain was invited to take over Cyprus by the Ottoman government in 1878. With the outbreak of WW1 and with Britain being at was with the Ottoman Empire, Britain occupied the island and declared it a Crown Colony. Cyprus had strategic importance as it was well placed to help defend the Suez Canal.