Cyprus became a member of the Commonwealth in 1961, soon after attaining its independence and has been participating actively in all Commonwealth activities. Cyprus hosted the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 1993.
The Commonwealth has consistently supported Cyprus in its struggle for a just and viable solution to the Cyprus problem. As an expression of their continued solidarity with the government and the people of Cyprus, the Heads of Government of Commonwealth countries at their Meeting in New Delhi, in 1983, agreed to establish a special Commonwealth Action Group on Cyprus to assist towards compliance with UN Security Council Resolution 541.
The resolution declared the 1983 secessionist act by the Turkish Cypriot leadership in occupied Cyprus as "legally invalid" and called for its withdrawal.
The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting repeatedly expressed support for the independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity of the Republic of Cyprus. They have also repeatedly called for the implementation of all United Nations resolutions on Cyprus.
Apart from support given to Cyprus in its efforts to find a just and viable solution, Cyprus also receives technical and other assistance from the Commonwealth in the form of expert advice or in the field of education. On its part, the Republic of Cyprus offers scholarships to students from Commonwealth countries either directly or through the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation.