Archbishop Makarios (1913-1977) became Cyprus's first president after the British granted the island independence in 1959. He served three terms as president, surviving four assassination attempts and one coup.
Before he became president, Makarios was deported from Britain due to his refusal to denounce the use of violence and his alleged support of EOKA, the National Organisation for Cypriot Combatants, guerrilla activists. Such accusations tainted his international reputation, but did not dissuade him from encouraging peaceful relations between the island's Greek and Turkish communities.
This 3½" x 5" white card bears Makarios' signature: "F. Archbishop Makarios". The autograph is written in flowing red ink. Some very light toning to the document. In very good condition, crisp edged paper and clear signature.