Cyprus: A Clerical Delay

Archbishop Makarios, the bearded President of Cyprus, is a man with a strong sense of the dramatic. Last week, after Presidential Envoy Cyrus Vance had skillfully tied the strings on a settlement between the Turks and Greeks that averted the threat of war over the island, Makarios suddenly balked and threatened to undo the whole package.

The switch caught everyone by sur prise. Makarios had raised no insurmountable objections to the agreement during his two meetings with Vance earlier in the week. Vance was so confident that matters had been settled that he had been preparing in Athens for his...

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