Cyprus: Back to the Precipice

The issue of the latest eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation over Cyprus could hardly have been more trivial.

Under the London agreement of 1959, both Turkey and Greece have the right to station small detachments of their regular troops on the territory of Cyprus. Early this month, Turkey notified the Cypriot government of Archbishop Makarios that it intended to rotate home 335 Turkish soldiers whose one-and two-year terms were up and to replace them in Cyprus by an equal number. Such exchanges had taken place before without incident. When the Cypriot government requested a postponement,...

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