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Cyprus: First national flag (1960)

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by Zeljko Heimer

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Description of the flag

Smith [smi75c] says: "The first proposal for a Cypriot flag had a white field with a large, rust-brown K (the first letter in the name "Cyprus" both in Turkish and Greek). Apparently considered too distinctive a design, this was rejected in favor of a flag similar to the present one. The first official version, in use for about a year, differed from the current one in having a white island with the yellow border instead of a solid yellow silhouette."

Ivan Sache, 31 July 1999

The 1960 Cypriot flag with the map of the island only outlined was in use from April to August 1960.

Zeljko Heimer, 30 July 1999