Cyprus: The Parable of the Blue Beads

There was once a sultan with a harem of jealous wives. Being a wise man, the sultan secretly gave to each wife a blue bead. When they sought proof of his affection, he would say, "I love the one who has the blue bead." Thus he was able to live happily ever after.

In Washington last week, both Turkey's Premier Ismet Inönü, 79, and Greece's Premier George Papandreou, 76, wondered just who had President Lyndon Johnson's blue bead. They had come separately to the White House after the Cyprus crisis hotted up early this month when Turkey...

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