By Jan Asmussen
The hot unlock of files with regards to the Cyprus warfare of 1974 shed thoroughly clean gentle at the lead-up to the Turkish touchdown at the island and its aftermath. This e-book, according to the files from the British and American governments, for the 1st time unpicks the reality at the back of this arguable clash, the results of that are nonetheless felt this day: specifically that, even supposing there has been no British-American involvement within the coup that overthrew Archbishop Makarios in July 1974, a few contributors of British and American intelligence knew approximately Athens’ plans for a coup to take place sooner or later within the autumn of 1974 yet have been shocked by means of the sooner timetable. both controversially, Asmussen explores why either the British and the american citizens determined to not tell the Cyprus govt in addition to the explanations at the back of Britain’s mind-blowing reluctance to workout her correct of intervention at the island. Asmussen analyzes the historical past to the 1974 warfare in addition to the lengthy shadow it casts correct as much as the failure of the Annan plan in 2004 and Turkey’s campaigns to affix the eu Union. it is a important re-reading, within the mild of lately published files, of a long-running clash within the jap Mediterranean, now transported to the guts of the eu Union. will probably be a necessary resource for a person drawn to British or American diplomatic affairs in addition to the heritage of Cyprus.
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Loizou, had refused the job. 7 As details of the new ‘government’ emerged it sounded like a who’s-who of EOKA-B and other rightist organisations. The other members of the cabinet were Dimis Dimitriou (Foreign Affairs), Kyriacos Saveriades (Communications and Works), Pantelis Dimitriou (Internal Affairs and Defence), Costas Adamides (Justice), Andreas Parisinos (Under Minister to the President), Spiros Papageorgiou (Director of the Public Information Office), 8 Odysseas (Odysseus) Ioannides (Health), Andreas Neocleous (Agriculture and Natural Resources), Panayiotis Dimitriou (Education), 9 Iannakis Droussiotis (Labour), 10 and; Aris Hadjigeorghiou (Commerce, Industry and Finance 11 ).
I would ask that the Greek officers staffing the National Guard be recalled. ) I do not desire my cooperation with the Greek government to be interrupted. But it should be borne in mind that I am not an appointed prefect or locum tenens of the Greek government in Cyprus, but an elected leader of a large section of Hellenism and as such I demand an appropriate conduct by the National centre towards me. 15 Makarios’ miscalculation was that Ioannides would back down on the pretext of international exposure.
1 FCO 9/1890 Olver to FCO, Telno 178, 150705Z, 15 July 1974, TNA. 22 CYPRUS AT WAR About an hour later Olver could confirm that a coup had taken place and that Makarios was reported dead by the coupists: It looks increasingly like a coup organised by the Greek Contingent/Greekofficered elements of National Guard. Nicosia airport is sealed and controlled by tanks, presumably from Greek National Contingent at Waynes Keep. Tanks are flanking out from Nicosia airport area towards the city and Kykko Monastery, which had earlier been turned into barracks for Police Tactical Reserve [PTR], has been under tank and mortar attack.
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