CYPRUS: Death of a Legend

As the flag-draped coffin of General George Grivas was lowered into the ground last week in the southern Cyprus city of Limassol, a tearful crowd of 50,000 took up their old battle cry, "Enosis or death!" But enosis (union with Greece) seemed farther away than ever for Cyprus. Grivas' death at 75 of a heart attack may finally have brought to an end the reckless terrorist campaign for enosis that he had led since his secret return to the island in 1971.

To many Greeks, the slight, mustachioed Grivas was more god than man....

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