Let's have a look at what happened 31 years ago in Northern Cyprus as told by the Bbc
Thousands of Turkish troops have invaded northern Cyprus after last-minute talks in the Greek capital, Athens, failed to reach a solution.
Tension has been running high in the Mediterranean island since a military coup five days ago in which President Archbishop Makarios, a Greek Cypriot, was deposed.
The coup led to fears among the Turkish Cypriot community that the Greek-backed military rulers would ignore their rights and press for unification for Cyprus with Greece or enosis.
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Video: About 6,000 Turkish troops have landed in Cyprus by air and sea
Video: BBC News reporter: "It is too early to estimate how long the emergency situation could last"