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Anwar El Sadat and Makarios

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Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Aug 26, 2010 at 12:04

Hi, dhimmi no more !

You wrote :

> I found this very interesting article about Makarious and Nasser their palns to bomb the Turks and it is from Time magazine and dated 9/4/1964 and I quote

" At week's end Turkey grudgingly gave its consent to a Greek request that the troop rotation be postponed Archbishop Makarios flew blithely off to Alexandria to confer with an old friend and ally Egypt's Gamal Abdel Nasser. His reported mission to secure Nasser's permission for Greeks and Russian fighter planes to use Egyptian bases in the event of a Turkish invasion of Cyprus."

This is a great quotation, especially if one reads it in the context of President Johnson's letter sent to Turkey two months later , on June 5th 1964 . Johnson warned the Turks that :

" [...] a military intervention in Cyprus by Turkey could lead to direct involvement by the Soviet Union. I hope you will understand that your NATO allies have not had a chance to consider whether they have an obligation to protect Turkey against the Soviet Union if Turkey takes a step which results in Soviet intervention without the full consent and understanding of its NATO allies."

The Egyptian-Greek-Russian threat , whether it was a bluff or not is not important here , did work perfectly well. Combined with a warning from America it cooled off the heated Turkish heads and the planned invasion was cancelled . Only after 10 years when the political situation changed after Nasser's death , the defeat of Egypt in the Yom Kipur war and the overthrow of Makarios the Turks were given a chance to invade and grab a large part of Cyprus with no voice raised in the region to threaten them with retaliations for their robbery. It seems also there were no such close ties between Anwar El Sadat and Makarios as was the case with Nasser and Makarios.

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