Cyprus: Toward a Boiling Point

"Not 50 men will follow you," sniffed Cyprus' bearded Archbishop Makarios to retired Greek Army Colonel George Grivas. The year was 1951, and the two were meeting in Cyprus to discuss Grivas' plan for an armed uprising against the British. Though Grivas went on to lead his revolt—and help win independence for Cyprus in 1960—the soldier and the Archbishop could never seem to make peace. Last week they were bickering as bitterly as ever. Only this time, their disagreement was threatening the six-month-old government of Greek Premier Stephan Stephanopoulos.

The hatreds run deep. Makarios, now President of Cyprus, considers Grivas a...

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