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2010 in Cyprus

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Events in the year 2010 in Cyprus.



Ongoing – Cyprus dispute

  • 1 February – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrives in the country to begin talks aimed at reuniting the island.[1][2]
  • 8 March – The body of former President Tassos Papadopoulos, which had been stolen in December 2009, is found at a cemetery in Nicosia.[3][4]
  • 10 March – Three men are detained in relation to the theft of the corpse of former Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos.[5]
  • 19 April – Derviş Eroğlu, head of a party opposed to reunification of Cyprus, wins leadership elections in the Turkish Cypriot north but pledges talks with Greek Cypriots.[6][7]
  • 27 May – Israel summons the ambassador of Cyprus and other European countries to protest the expedition as an unnecessary provocation after eight ships, including four cargo vessels and a Turkish passenger ferry carrying 600 people, including a Nobel peace laureate and former U.S. congresswoman, set sail for Gaza with 10,000 tons of humanitarian aid to break a three-year Israeli blockade on the territory. The same day, the country bans flotilla vessels from gathering in its territorial waters, which is commended by Israel as "an ethical deed and a voice of reason."[8][9][10][11]
  • 28 May – Cypriot authorities prevent any activists from leaving the island to join the flotilla, while Turkey urges Israel to treat the convoy as humanitarian aid.[12]
  • 29 May – Gaza prepares a welcoming party to receive the flotilla of ships demonstrating against Israel's naval blockade, while the ships are delayed near the country due to unsuccessful attempts to collect dozens of high-profile supporters from the island.[13][14]
  • 30 May – Ships of the Gaza protest flotilla set out from the country and sets sail for Gaza. However, three Irish politiciansChris Andrews, Mark Daly and Aengus Ó Snodaigh—are prevented by police helicopters and port security from leaving Cyprus to join the flotilla.[15][16][17]
  • 3 June – Pope Benedict XVI visits the country for 3 days, the first such visit by any Pope in the modern era.[18]
  • 7 June – The Cyprus-based Free Gaza Movement packs up and leaves the country for London after the government's decision to interfere with and disrupt last week's international aid flotilla.[19]
  • 8 June – Television host Elena Skordelli goes on trial for the murder of Cypriot media mogul Andis Hadjicostis.[20]
  • 30 June – A man whom the United States considers to be the 11th member of a Russian spy ring goes missing in the country.[21]
  • 22 August – A Bolivian-flagged all-female international aid ship bound for Gaza is delayed after the country bans it from passing, with Israel's Ehud Barak calling on France and the U.S. to prevent it from sailing, claiming it is "a needless provocation."[22][23][24]
  • 29 September – Rallies take place in multiple European states, including Cyprus, against spending cuts.[25]
  • 14 October – A new border gate opens on island, providing a seventh crossing point between the country and Northern Cyprus.[26]
  • 3 December – Newly released cables reveal U.S. spy planes flew over Lebanese airspace via a British air base in the country in 2008.[27]



  1. ^ Welle (, Deutsche. "UN chief encouraged by talks aimed at reuniting Cyprus | DW | 1 February 2010". DW.COM. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Mutually beneficial solution to the Cyprus problem 'within reach,' Ban says". UN News. 1 February 2010. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  3. ^ "Cyprus ex-leader's body recovered". 9 March 2010. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  4. ^ "Body of former Greek Cypriot president 'found' after three months". Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  5. ^ "Arrests in Cyprus body theft case". 10 March 2010. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  6. ^ Chislett, William. "Cyprus: Time for a Negotiated Partition?". Real Instituto Elcano. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  7. ^ Hadjicostis, Menelaos. "Turkish Cypriot hard-liner elected, pledges unity talks". Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  8. ^ "Aid flotilla in bid to reach Gaza". RTE. 27 May 2010.
  9. ^ "Turkish Ships With Aid Sailing to Gaza Despite Israeli Warnings | Middle East | English". 28 May 2010. Archived from the original on 28 May 2010. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  10. ^ "Foreign Ministry asks Gaza flotilla to dock at Ashdod". The Jerusalem Post | Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  11. ^ "Cyprus bans Free Gaza boats". Ynetnews. 27 May 2010. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  12. ^ "Cyprus bans activists from joining flotilla". Reuters. 28 May 2010. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  13. ^ Demirjian, Karoun (29 May 2010). "Flotilla bound for Gaza delayed". The Age. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  14. ^ Donnison, Jon (29 May 2010). "Gaza hopes for flotilla arrival". BBC News. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  15. ^ "Gaza aid flotilla 'leaves Cyprus'". BBC News. 30 May 2010. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  16. ^ "Gaza flotilla finally sets out". The Jerusalem Post | Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  17. ^ "Cypriot authorities prevent TDs from joining Gaza flotilla". Irish Examiner. 30 May 2010. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  18. ^ "Pope appeals for Middle East calm". BBC News. 6 June 2010. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  19. ^ "Factbox: What is the group challenging Israel on Gaza?". Reuters. 4 June 2010. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  20. ^ "Cyprus TV host tried for murder". BBC News. 8 June 2010. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  21. ^ "Spy suspect 'missing' in Cyprus". BBC News. 30 June 2010. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  22. ^ "Barak to U.S., France: Take steps to stop Lebanese flotilla". Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  23. ^ "Cypriots deny Gaza-bound ship use of their ports". euronews. 22 August 2010. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  24. ^ "Gaza-bound ship told to by-pass Cyprus | Buenos Aires News.Net". 23 July 2011. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  25. ^ "Tens of thousands demonstrate in Europe over spending cuts -". Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  26. ^ "TRT World". Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  27. ^ "U.S. flew spy missions over Lebanon: leaked cable". Reuters. 3 December 2010. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
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