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1980
Asil Nadir, a Turkish Cypriot businessman, took control of the ailing British textile company Polly Peck and used the firm as his stock market vehicle for expansion. The company's stock price multiplied as Nadir went on an acquisitions binge, snapping up Del Monte's fresh fruit operations and Japan's Sansui Electric Co. His company filed for bankruptcy protection in late 1990, hundreds of millions of pounds (dollars) in debt.
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1983 Feb 13
Spyros Kyprianou was re-elected president of Cyprus.
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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.
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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.
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1988 Apr 11
Hijackers of a Kuwait Airways jetliner killed a second hostage, dumping his body onto the ground in Larnaca, Cyprus.
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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.
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1991
In Cyprus the Democratic Rally won 20 seats in the 56 seat parliament.
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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 granted bail.
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1993
In Cyprus Glafcos Clerides (1919-2013) was elected president. He had lost presidential elections in 1983 and 1988.
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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.
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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.
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1996 Jun 3
Turkish soldiers shot and killed a Greek Cypriot soldier in the no-man’s zone.
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1996 Aug 11
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.
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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.
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1996 Aug 14
In Cyprus another man was killed in demonstrations when Turkish troops opened fire on Greek Cypriot demonstrators.
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1996 Oct 9
A 6.8 earthquake, centered off of Cyprus killed 2 and injured 21.
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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 disputes.
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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.
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1997 Aug
In Cyprus 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.
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1997 Oct 14
Aydin Dikmen (60), Turkish art dealer, was arrested in Germany for selling antiquities plundered from Cyprus since 1974.
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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 membership.
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1997 Dec
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 membership.
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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.
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1998 Feb 8
Greek Cypriots voted in elections with neither main candidate receiving a necessary majority. Pres. Glafcos Cleridas (78) will face former foreign minister George Iacovou on Feb 15.
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1998 Feb 15
Pres. Glafcos Clerides (1919-2013) won a 2nd 5-year term in Cyprus elections with a 50.8% margin.
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1998 Mar 31
The EU set this date for membership talks with Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Estonia and Cyprus. Preliminary talks were also set with Lithuania, Latvia, Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria.
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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 monitoring.
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1998 Aug 27
Russia planned to deliver the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to the Greek Cypriot government for about $200 million. Pres. Glafcos Clerides said the missiles would be deployed in Nov. if Turkey did not accept a proposal for demilitarization.
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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.
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1998 Oct 26
Cyprus announced that it had begun building a naval base, apparently destined for use by Greek warships.
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1998 Dec 29
In Cyprus Pres. Glafcos Clerides decided not to import Russian-made anti-aircraft missiles in order to reduce tensions with Turkey.
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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.
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1999 Nov 14
Pres. Clinton flew to Turkey for talks on Cyprus.
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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.
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2001 May 28
The AKEL, a communist party, won parliamentary elections in the Greek Cypriot portion of the island.
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2001 May 28
In Cyprus the AKEL, a communist party, won parliamentary elections in the Greek Cypriot portion of the island.
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2001 Sep 2
Dr. Christiaan Barnard (b.1922), 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 minor novels.
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2002 Jan 16
In Cyprus rival leaders, Glafcos Clerides and Rauf Denktash, met on the border in Nicosia in the 1st formal negotiation in 4 years.
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2002 Mar 12
Spyros Kyprianou (69), former Cyprus president (1977-1988), died of pelvic cancer.
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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.
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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 candidates.
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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.
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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 island.
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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.
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2003 Feb 16
In Cyprus Tassos Papadopoulos was elected the country’s 5th president over Glafcos Clerides. He opposed current reunification plans.
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2003 Feb 28
Tassos Papadopoulos took office as the fifth Greek Cypriot president, pledging to strive for reunification.
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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 power-sharing agreement.
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2003 Apr 16
Greek Cypriots signed a treaty to join the European Union.
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2003 Apr 23
In Cyprus Turkish Cypriot leaders lifted travel restrictions across the 1974 buffer zone separating the Greek and Turk sides.
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2003 May 17
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey will open its doors next week to Greek Cypriot tourists, signaling an end to a decades-long travel ban.
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2003 Jul 14
The Cyprus parliament voted unanimously to approve the accession of the Mediterranean island to the European Union.
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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.
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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 May 1.
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2004 Apr 8
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed disappointment after Cypriot leaders on both sides rejected his reunification plan.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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2004 Nov 26
A Cyprus-registered tanker spilled 30,000 gallons of crude oil into the Delaware River between Philadelphia and southern New Jersey, creating a 20-mile-long slick that killed dozens of birds and threatened other wildlife.
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