CYPRUS: Birth of a Republic

Since World War II, so many British governors have surrendered sovereignty over former colonies that the procedure has become an art form. In 24 hours last week, Sir Hugh Foot, last British Governor of Cyprus, conducted a midnight ceremony transferring power to the new Republic of Cyprus, held a farewell dress reception for diplomats and a garden leave-taking for 200 personal friends. Then, still resplendent in plumed hat and gold braid. ex-Governor Foot boarded Her Majesty's frigate Chichester and sailed over the horizon to a specially composed bagpipe lament entitled Sir Hugh's Farewell to Cyprus.

As the Chichester disappeared. Cyprus'...

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