On this day: August 1

POSTED: 08:47 PM PDT Jul 31, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Jul 31, 2016 

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OTD August 1 - Cyprus Green Line
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1974: The United Nations Security Council authorizes the UNFICYP to create the "Green Line" buffer zone, dividing Cyprus into two zones, following the Turkish invasion of Cyprus. The Republic of Cyprus occupies the southern two-thirds of the island and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus occupies the northern third. The demilitarized zone is seen here from the Turkish side near the Paphos Gate in the city of Nicosia.


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