Cyprus: Taking Sides

Red-faced beneath their blue berets, the United Nations forces in Cyprus last week owned up to a glaring lapse from impartiality: two Swedish lieutenants were caught trying to smuggle arms to Turkish Cypriots in the town of Lefka — not for gain but out of sympathy for the besieged and outnumbered villagers.

The U.N. Security Council in New York nonetheless voted unanimously to extend the 6,100-man peace-keeping force's mandate for another three months, and U.N. Secretary-General U Thant announced at week's end that the Turks had at last agreed to hand over to the U.N. complete control of the strategic...

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