CYPRUS: The First Move

Englishmen once again walked the streets of Cyprus freely, and in the capital of Nicosia long-idle café waiters scurried to serve capacity crowds. For the first time in months there even were queues outside the theaters near "Murder Mile,"−downtown Ledra Street which E.O.K.A., the Greek Cypriot underground, had so long terrorized with its murders.

The tranquillity that settled last week over Britain's terror-torn Mediterranean base rested on a strange foundation. Field Marshal Sir John Harding, the peppery British Governor of Cyprus, had doggedly reiterated the terms on which Britain would abandon her "get...