Foreign News: Hotel Diplomacy

In a fast fortnight, diplomats had pulled the fuse out of the Cyprus time bomb. They were rightfully hailed for their good will and their statesmanship. But it finally took old-fashioned steamroller tactics to turn the trick. The steamroller ran right across both the British and bearded Archbishop Makarios, the temperamental star of the Cyprus drama.

Once the Greeks and the Turks reached their offstage agreement in a Swiss hotel (TIME, Feb. 23), the other parties to the dispute found little room for maneuver. The British demanded—and got—sovereignty and access rights to their military bases on the island as the jump-off point...

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