By Jan Asmussen
The hot unencumber of documents when it comes 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 publication, according to the documents from the British and American governments, for the 1st time unpicks the reality in the back of this arguable clash, the consequences of that are nonetheless felt this present day: particularly that, even supposing there has been no British-American involvement within the coup that overthrew Archbishop Makarios in July 1974, a few participants 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 stunned through the sooner timetable. both controversially, Asmussen explores why either the British and the americans determined to not tell the Cyprus executive in addition to the explanations in the back of Britain’s staggering reluctance to workout her correct of intervention at the island. Asmussen analyzes the history to the 1974 battle 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. this can be a very important re-reading, within the mild of lately published records, of a long-running clash within the japanese Mediterranean, now transported to the center of the ecu Union. will probably be a necessary resource for a person drawn to British or American diplomatic affairs in addition to the background of Cyprus.
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31 In spite of Kissinger’s later statements that information about the coup was ‘not exactly lying in the street’, rumours about it were known to the State Department well in advance. 32 The Leader of the Greek Military Junta, Dimitrios Ioannides, told the American Ambassador to Athens, Henry J. ’ The one thing that could not happen was union with Turkey. 33 On 17 May the State Department Area Specialist for Cyprus, Thomas D. Boyatt, upon his receipt of CIA reports, anticipated trouble in Cyprus and attempted to do something about it.
EOKA-B was now under the direct control of Athens. In April Makarios banned EOKA-B and asked its leaders to surrender their weapons. The following month rumours of a coup d’état against Makarios gained ground and Makarios called in the Greek Ambassador, 18 CYPRUS AT WAR Efstathios Lagakos, to complain about Greek mainland officers of the National Guard allegedly supplying EOKA-B with weapons. He demanded the withdrawal of these officers and announced the reduction of conscription from 24 to 14 months.
He urged that the independence, territorial integrity, and security of Cyprus should be maintained and asked both governments for their comments on the situation as they saw it. 54 While the British Ambassador in Athens was instructed to inform the Greek Government that a similar note had been submitted to Ankara, the UK Embassy in Ankara was told that apart from doing precisely that, an oral message should be added informing the Turkish Foreign Minister that ‘while we understand how gravely the Turks must be concerned about the situation, I hope very much that they will avoid any kind of precipitate action or intervention at this stage.