Cyprus: A Modern History by William Mallinson

By William Mallinson

This narrative heritage of Cyprus--the such a lot thorough and updated account at present available--examines the fashionable background of the island in the course of a interval of huge swap. issues coated diversity from the British acquisition of Cyprus in 1878, while its strategic value was once cemented, to the more moderen American and Soviet involvement throughout the chilly battle. It focuses really at the interval top as much as and following the Turkish invasion of 1974, the obvious strikes in the direction of reunification, and the starting to be value of the ecu either for Cyprus and for Turkey. The e-book might be a vital reference software for all these attracted to Cyprus and the rising politics of the jap Mediterranean.

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Nevertheless, it has to be said that the combination of British fear of the Soviet Union, growing East–West distrust and the Greek civil war helped those who were opposed to independence, particularly at the Colonial Office, to present compelling counter arguments: So long as the internationally supported bandit war continues on its present scale, Greece’s independence must remain to some extent doubtful […] control of the island by a foreign power (USSR) would be a danger to us. 24 BRITISH PROPERTY AND THE RUSSIAN FACTOR Another official was more specific: Cyprus is in fact the only firm bit of ground in the Middle East left to our strategic planners.

Therefore we must not be parted from Turks, though we need not be ostentatious about this. E. 19 The British government’s method of keeping Cyprus was simply to do what it could to undermine Graeco–Turkish relations. ’20 The US government was by now well aware of British cooperation with Turkey. ’21 Given all this backstage manoeuvring and ‘frontstage’ acts such as the creation of an auxiliary police force made up exclusively of Turkish Cypriots, it seems clear that the British government’s objectives were to divide the Greeks and Turks, so they could claim that they were the only power capable of preserving some element of stability, and at the same time to try to prevent the Greek government from taking the Cyprus issue to the United Nations.

BRITISH PROPERTY AND THE RUSSIAN FACTOR An annex to the memorandum stated: Furthermore, if anyone is to be blamed for the present situation in which the communist-led elements are the most powerful elements in Yugoslavia and Greece, it is we ourselves. 33 By now, Britain was hoping that the EAM (the political organisation behind ELAS) would be absorbed into a Greek National Unity government, obviously initially ‘with British help’. Instead, political chaos and partisan government were the result.

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