CYPRUS: Buildup

Tension in Cyprus took a new turn last weekwhen a grimy little two-stack transport flying the French tricolor putinto Limassol harbor. Moody Cypriots stared with astonishment as 1,400 blue-bereted paratroopers and 1,300 airmen moved without armed protection towards the tent city hastily built for them by theBritish near World War II Tymbou air base. If that did not give a clue to what was happening, the dispatch of another ship did. It was a 3,226-ton tanker named Bacchus, and it gurgled toward Cyprus with a full cargo of wine. The French had arrived...

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