US interests, British acquiescence and the invasion of Cyprus

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William Mallinson


An extrapolation, analysis and evaluation of foreign policy documents
released (partially) by the British government for the year 1974 confirm
previously unproven suspicions about the dealings —and double-dealings—
surrounding the invasion of Cyprus. The following are revealed inter alia:
Kissinger’s express procrastination to help the Turkish government and military to gain time; British and US pressure on the Greek govemment(s) not to
resist the Turkish armed forces; high level French irritation at Britain’s attitude; Britain’s private anger at Turkish behaviour; and perhaps most significant in terms of today, Britain’s succumbing to American pressure and going
along with Kissinger’s wishes.

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