|During the Bandung Conference in 1955, the leaders of 29 newly-independent Afro-Asian states set the foundations for the creation of a new political power in international relations, the non-aligned movement. Among them was also Archbishop Makarios, leader then of the ongoing liberation struggle of Cyprus from colonial rule.|
Six years later, at Belgrade, the Movement took shape and declared its resolve to struggle for the freedom of the peoples, the strengthening of the independence, the territorial integrity and sovereignty of states and the respect of human rights on a world scale. From a host of distinguished leaders who gathered at Belgrade, stood out among, other historical personalities the late Nehru, Tito, Nasser and Makarios.
The non-aligned Movement operated as a brake to polarization tendencies which dominated then the world and contributes decisively to the dissolution of the cold-war atmosphere that existed between the two power blocs. In a short time period the Movement expanded, strengthened and consolidated itself as a stable balancing factor in international affairs. Its contribution especially in the creation of a climate of detente in the relations of states and the understanding among the peoples is important and generally acceptable.
It is precisely within this framework that Cyprus' participation in the Movement is placed from its establishment till today and its contribution to the realization of its principles and targets. An authentic champion of the non-aligned foreign policy of the Cyprus Republic was its first president, the late Archbishop Makarios who had expertly charted the unwaveringly non-aligned orientation of the newly established Cyprus state. The non-aligned policy of Cyprus which Makarios had outlined continued and is being steadfastly and consistently pursued by the Government of the Republic.
Cyprus will be hosting with pride the Foreign Ministers Conference of the member-states of the non-aligned Movement between September 5 and 10, 1988. The Ministry of Communication and Works Department of Postal Services, will issue on September 5, 1988, the opening day of the Conference, a Commemorative series of three stamps upon which are depicted:
- The emblem of the Conference (1 cent stamp)
- The emblem of the Republic of Cyprus (10 cent stamp)
- The figures of Nehru, Nasser, Tito, and Makarios (50 cents stamp)
Source: Department of Postal Services, Republic of Cyprus.