Treaty of Alliance (1960)

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The 1960 Treaty of Alliance was an international agreement regarding the control and administration of the island of Cyprus. It was signed by the governments of Greece, Turkey and Cyprus in Nicosia in August, 1960.


Cyprus attained independence from the United Kingdom on 16 August 1960 through the Zürich and London Agreement. The Treaty of Alliance was a simultaneous attempt to defuse the dangerous Cyprus dispute which existed between Greece and Turkey.

A major element of the treaty was its specification of the exact number of Greek and Turkish troops which could remain in the new Republic of Cyprus.[1] Small numbers of troops were permitted to provide local defense – Greece was allowed 950 personnel, and Turkey was allowed 650.[2] The treaty also stipulated the formation of a Cypriot National Guard which would include both Greek and Turkish recruits.[1]

A pledge to form a joint military headquarters among Greek, Turkish and Cypriot armed forces was included in the treaty, but this plan was never realized.[1]

The treaty was augmented by the concomitant Treaty of Guarantee (1960), signed by Greece, Turkey and the UK. Though the three powers reserved the right to act unilaterally, the Treaty of Guarantee committed them to consult one another in any Cyprus-related crisis, and to attempt to forge a unified course of action.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Hannay, Lord (2005). Cyprus: The Search for a Solution. I.B.Tauris. pp. 31–32. ISBN 1850436657. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Ker-Lindsay, James (2011). The Cyprus Problem. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 28. ISBN 0199831351. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

  • The Cyprus Issue: A Documentary History, 1878-2006, Murat Metin Hakkim, ed. New York: I.B. Tauris (2008). ISBN 1845113926.

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