UK/High Commissioner/Cyprus

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(Ambassador to Cyprus)

The United Kingdom's foremost diplomatic representative in the Republic of Cyprus

The High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to Cyprus is the United Kingdom's foremost diplomatic representative in the Republic of Cyprus.

Previously a territory of the Ottoman Empire, a British protectorate under Ottoman suzerainty was established over Cyprus by the Cyprus Convention of 4 June 1878. The United Kingdom declared war on the Ottoman Empire on 5 November 1914 and annexed Cyprus. Turkey recognised British possession of Cyprus by the Treaty of Lausanne on 24 July 1923 and the island became a Crown colony on 10 March 1925.

Following the Zürich and London Agreement of 19 February 1959, Cyprus became independent on 16 August 1960. The Republic of Cyprus is a member of the British Commonwealth, so the British diplomatic representative is a High Commissioner. As part of the treaty of independence, Britain grabbed The Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia, and still occupies them, despite the Cypriot government condemning them as a "remnant of colonialism".[1]

Heads of mission

High Commissioners (1878–1925)

Governors (1925–1960)

High Commissioners (1960–present)[2]


An Office Holder on Wikispooks

Hugh Foot3 December 195716 August 1960
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