What the British Fear in Cyprus

Arnold, G. L.
July 1956
New Republic;7/23/56, Vol. 135 Issue 4, p8
This article focuses on the political developments in the world during 1956. It is the British Government's stated policy that Cyprus must remain under British control indefinitely, and that a NATO base there would not be welcome if it meant the termination of such control. This statement is puzzling, since after all Turkey and Greece are both members of NATO, and NATO is supposed to exist for the purpose of protecting Western Europe, including its oil supplies. The official position is that Britain must have a base from which the Arab countries can be bombed. If British control over Cyprus ends, the reasoning goes, there will be nothing to stop Colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser from gobbling up Jordan and isolating Iraq.


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