|Fifty years ago, on 16 August 1960, the flag of the newly established independent state of the Republic of Cyprus was raised on all public buildings. At the same time, the British Administration of Cyprus was terminated following the hand-over of power from the last British Governor of Cyprus to the first elected president of the Republic, Archbishop Makarios III, at the presence of the first elected Vice-President of the Republic, Dr Fazil Kucuk. Later on, on 11 July 1963, the Council of Ministers set October 1st as Independence Day of the Republic.|
On 21 September 1960, the Republic of Cyprus was accepted in the UN as a sovereign independent state and in February 1961 was accepted as a full and equal member of the Council of Europe. The same year, the Republic of Cyprus became a founding member of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries. It also became an official member of the Commonwealth.
Text: Paschalis Eliopoulos, Nicosia
Source: Stamps and Philatelic Services, Cyprus Post