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16/08/1960 Cyprus gained independence from the UK

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In 1960, Cyprus gained its independence from the United Kingdom, after the long anti-British campaign by the Greek Cypriot EOKA, a guerrilla group which desired political union with Greece, or enosis. Archbishop Makarios III, a charismatic religious and political leader, was elected the first president of independent Cyprus.
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