CYPRUS: Freedom in August

In Nicosia's Government House, under an outsize painting of Aphrodite rising from the foam, pens scratched for almost an hour last week as British, Greek, Turkish and Cypriot delegates initialed the 87 separate documents making up the draft treaty for an independent Cyprus. Britain rushed an independence bill to Commons, while Archbishop Makarios, the President-elect, called the first parliamentary elections for July 31 and looked forward to freedom by mid-August.

Britain got most of what it wanted: complete sovereignty over two air and sea bases totaling 99 square miles, plus the use of 31 sites and installations outside the base...

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