The Cyprus Conspiracy

The Cyprus Conspiracy : America, Espionage and the Turkish Invasion

By (author) Brendan O'Malley , By (author) Ian Craig

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In 1974 the Greek colonels ousted the Greek-Cypriot leader of Cyprus, Archbishop Makarios, and Turkey retaliated by invading and seizing a third of the island. Cyprus remains split in two, like Berlin before the wall came down, bristling with troops and spying bases, and permanently policed by the United Nations. Henry Kissinger claimed he could do nothing to stop the coup because of the Watergate crisis, but this book presents evidence to support the view that it was no failure of American foreign policy, but the realization of a long-term plot. The authors describe the strategic reasons for Washington's need to divide the island. Their account encompasses an international cast of characters that includes Eden, Eisenhower, Nixon, Kissinger, Wilson, Callaghan, Grivas, and the leaders of the two halves of the divided island, Clerides and Denktas.

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 223.52 x 279.4 x 35.56mm | 1,723.64g
  • 25 Aug 2001
  • I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
  • I.B.Tauris
  • London
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 8pp b&w halftones
  • 1860647375
  • 9781860647376
  • 119,248

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Author Information

Brendan O'Malley is Foreign Editor of the Times Educational Supplement and Ian Craig is Political Editor of the Manchester Evening News.

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"The Cyprus Conspiracy delivers new and damning detail on how the big powers (including good old "ethical" Britain) taught Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots not to live together." -Boyd Tonkin, The Guardian "O'Malley and Craig show how powerful and penetrating journalism can be by producing a book of high quality and academic value. This book fills a gap in the literature about Cyprus and the Cyprus problem, and will also be of interest to those working on the eastern Mediterranean, and on US and British foreign policy in the region." -Mediterranean Politics "A marvellous new book ... It is a fascinating story of international intrigue, espionage and intelligence, brilliantly and graphically told and it will open a lot of eyes of people who, until now, had no inkling - until today - about the real and intriguing reason behind the partition of Cyprus." -Chris Moncrieff, The House "This well written and well researched account of events provides the understanding of the situation and the causes, which led to the escalation of the crisis in 1974." -Konstantinos Kotzias, Contemporary Review "With diligent research and fluency, they chart the labyrinth behind what they conclude was an international plot." -Belfast Telegraph 'The book should be of value to those interested in coming to a deeper understanding of the complex issues surrounding Cyprus.' -Intelligence and National Security

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