CYPRUS: Bitter Breakdown

GREECE REJECTS CYPRUS TALKS, Said the headlines. All of NATO Secretary-General Paul-Henri Spaak's tireless efforts (TIME, Nov. 3) to gather a conference to settle the three-year-old Cyprus dispute between Britain, Greece and Turkey fell apart last week. The Greek government, which dares not show itself more conciliatory than Cyprus' bearded Archbishop Makarios, said no.

The British, delighted to put the blame squarely on Athens, leaked a blizzard of inspired "inside information" to prove that all the NATO powers, and Spaak himself, were fed up with the Greeks.

But the other half of the matter was that though the British had made some...

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