Cyprus Governor Sir Hugh Foot, Turkish Cypriot leader Dr. Kutchuk, Archbishop Makarios, and British Under?
Cyprus Governor Sir Hugh Foot, Turkish Cypriot leader Dr. Kutchuk, Archbishop Makarios, and British Under Secretary for the Colonies Julian Amery continued their protracted negotiations on the future of Cyprus at Government House, Nicosia, May 6.
Talks lasted two hours and then all four men left Government House. Archbishop Makarios told pressmen - they had not been allowed in during negotiations - that he would make his own statement on the situation within a few days.
The Cyprus settlement has been largely deadlocked since the London Conference began Jan 16, and in consequence declaration of the island's independence has twice been postponed. Four points now prevent a settlement. The size of bases to be retained by Britain is still under discussion; Britain says two villages near Dekelia must be within the base are. Secondly, if Britain should abandon the island what would become of the bases?. How much financial assistance will Britain give the Cyprus Republic? Finally the status of Cypriots living within the base areas is complex.
An alarming result of the failure to arrive at a compromise satisfactory to all parties is the recurrence of violence in Cyprus, culminating in the kidnapping of anti-Makarios newspaper editor Antonis Pharmakidis.