|On 3 August 1997, twenty years will have gone by since the death of Archbishop Makarios III. Archbishop Makarios has been the first President of the Republic of Cyprus. For seventeen whole years he managed to safeguard the entity of the Cyprus state, constantly struggling against internal and external enemies. Successive conspiracies against him, not without support from outside, and repeated attempts on his life, hardened his determination to turn Cyprus into a cultural and welfare centre.|
The Turkish insurgency in 1963 and the Turkish air raids in 1964 were a warning that Turkey
Source: Department of Postal Services, Republic of Cyprus.