CYPRUS: Copper Island

Hoping to pull off a coup by personal diplomacy, British Colonial Secretary Alan Lennox-Boyd flew to Cyprus last week to try to win a settlement from the island's Ethnarch, Archbishop Makarios. The bearded archbishop was plainly in no mood for compromise. "The British," he said, "must exclude any possibility of further retreat by us no matter how tough their stand may appear."

Self-determination for Cyprus is an issue that agitates three NATO partners, Greece. Britain and Turkey. Not so well known is an American interest there.

Scholars disagree on whether the island of Cyprus (in Greek, Kupros) took its name from...

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