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Cyprus mourns the loss of Minister, Tasos Mitsopoulos

  Cyprus mourns the loss of Minister, Tasos Mitsopoulos (τάσος μητσόπουλος) , the ex Communications Minister of Cyprus, and newly appointed Minister of Defence, who died on Saturday 22 March 2014 at 1.30pm Cyprus time. Tributes have been pouring in from everywhere in Cyprus,  and from all corners of the world. Cyprus lost an exceptional man, and an exceptional politician of high ... Read More »

The Soviet Union, Turkey and the Cyprus Problem, 1967-1974

The Soviet Union, Turkey and the Cyprus Problem, 1967-1974 John SAKKAS and Nataliya ZHUKOVA The Cyprus conflict cannot be analysed and understood in depth as long as the determining political influence and the degree of involvement of external agents in Cyprus are not taken seriously and systematically into account. This paper focuses on the attitude of the Soviet Union towards ... Read More »

What Jim knew and Henry did ..

By Brendan O’ Malley – The Times Educational Supplement:  12 NOVEMBER 1999 (edited) Twenty five years after Turkey invaded Cyprus, James Callaghan admits there were secret US spy bases on the island. But, asks Brendan O’Malley, did Washington turn a blind eye to the invasion. Cock-up or conspiracy? Many Cypriots look with envy on the way the West has saved ... Read More »

Cyprus loses a friend – Tony Benn dies aged 88

  Veteran Labour party politician Tony Benn, who as Anthony Wedgewood Benn was born to an aristocratic family, but as a man of the people –  “Tony Benn”, died today aged 88. His four children in a statement to the BBC, said their father  had died peacefully early on Friday, at his home in west London surrounded by his family. ... Read More »

Cyprus History by a former TMT commander – MUST SEE

Arif Hasan Tahsin – a Cyprus History of the 50s and 60s by a former TMT commander Spoken in Turkish with English subtitles superimposed over the Greek subtitles which were the basis of the translation – the history outlined is informed by a long term view spanning many decades of Cyprus history by a former leader of the TMT (Turkish ... Read More »

Dean Acheson & George Ball 1964 – Smoking Gun?

Washington, September 8, 1964. The principal subject for discussion at the President’s luncheon today was Cyprus. Those present with the President were: Secretary Rusk, Secretary McNamara, Under Secretary Ball, Mr. Dean Acheson, and myself. Acheson and Ball revealed their agreement on the conviction that the only solution now would be a fait accompli in which the Turks would move to ... Read More »

UK’s murky role in Cyprus crisis – BBC 4

UK’s murky role in Cyprus crisis By Jolyon Jenkins Producer, BBC Radio 4’s Document Evidence has emerged that British undercover forces were involved in fomenting the conflict between Greek and Turkish Cypriots ten years before the 1974 partition of Cyprus. The new evidence found by BBC Radio 4’s programme Document centres on the mystery of Ted Macey, a British army major who ... Read More »

Greeks and Turks revive Cyprus peace talks

After four months of intense haggling over an eight paragraph long joint communique, Cyprus’s estranged Greek and Turkish leaders will on Tuesday revive stalled peace talks with the aim of once and for all reuniting the island. Their meeting, at a disused airport in Nicosia’s UN-patrolled dead zone, takes place almost two years after the last round of high-level negotiations ... Read More »

Martin Packard Thoughts

PACKARD’S CYPRIOT MISSION IN 1964   Martin Packard was a British intelligence analyst, serving in the NATO staff in Malta, when he was appointed in 1963, as Greek interpreter, to the staff of Joint Forces in Cyprus. These Forces were formed by the three guarantor powers, Great Britain, Greece and Turkey, after the intercommunal clashes started in December 1963. He ... Read More »