National Affairs: The U.S. & Enosis

Cyprus is not a U.S. base, but it is of strategic importance to the whole pattern of Western defense in the cold war. It is Britain's command post for the Middle East; it guards vital sources of oil supply; it lies along the best line of communication between Europe and Asia; it is in an area where there is no satellite buffer zone on the Soviet Union's border. For those reasons the U.S. State Department has been watching anxiously the dispute between Britain and Cypriot nationalists who want enosis (union) with Greece. Behind the scenes the U.S. has been urging both...

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