Akrotiri and Dhekelia are two areas on the island of ► Cyprus that together constitute the Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia, which is a British overseas territory. The bases were retained by the UK following the transition of Cyprus' status from a colony in the British Empire to an independent commonwealth republic within the Commonwealth of Nations. The United Kingdom retained the bases because of the strategic location of Cyprus in the Mediterranean Sea.
Location of Akrotiri and Dhekelia on the island of Cyprus
Map of Akrotiri
Map of Dhekelia
This section holds a short summary of the history of the area of present-day Akrotiri and Dhekelia, illustrated with maps, including historical maps of former countries and empires that included present-day Akrotiri and Dhekelia.
When Cyprus became independent in 1960, the Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia stayed under British jurisdiction and remained British sovereign territory. See Atlas of Cyprus for maps.
Notes and references
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