Declassified Cypriot 1980 Foreign Office Documents Released by U.K.

The newly-elected government of Margaret Thatcher was aware three years ahead of his doing so that Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash would unilaterally declare independence for the breakaway state in the north, it was revealed yesterday.
According to media reports, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) released 30-year-old documents yesterday which revealed that the FCO had been informed since 1980 that Denktash intended to go ahead with the UDI.
The Turkish Cypriot leader carried out his intentions in 1983, declaring the establishment of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus which to this day is only recognised by Turkey.
According to the declassified documents, the Foreign Office took the decision to act in a decisive way to prevent if possible, any unilateral action by Denktash.  They made clear that Britain would never recognise a breakaway state in the occupied part of Cyprus and urged other countries not to extend recognition to it.
The FCO adopted this stance based on its obligations under the 1960 Treaty of Guarantee to prevent any action which would lead either to the union of Cyprus with any other state or to its partition.
(source: cyprus-mail)


  1. In my opinion the GB should recognise the fact that this is the only way forward for Cyprus. Partitioned as two separete States. Since the division took place not many have died. It should remain partitioned until such time as the two sides love and trust each other.