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MEDITERRANEAN ISLAND IN TIME

1571-1914: Cyprus is a part of the Turkish Ottoman Empire.

1914: Britain annexes Cyprus as a colony.

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1960: Cyprus becomes an independent republic.

1963: Conflict arises between Greek and Turkish Cypriots.

March 1964: United Nations sends peacekeepers to Cyprus.

July 15, 1974: Greek Cypriot ultranationalists stage a coup in favor of unity with Greece.

July 20, 1974: Turkey invades northern Cyprus.

1983: Turkish Cypriots declare ``Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.''