Talks on the future of Cyprus were resumed on the lawns of Government House, Nicosia, Feb 24.
Talks on the future of Cyprus were resumed on the lawns of Government House, Nicosia, Feb 24. The dispute over British bases was continued to the placid accompaniment of tinkling tea cups as Governor Sir Hugh Foot poured tea for archbishop Makarios, Vice-President elect Kutchuk, and British Colonial Under-Secretary Julian Amery.
Earlier that day Mr. Amery had consultations with the Governor and the Greek and Turkish Consuls-general. The afternoon one-and-a-half hour session was to agree upon a programme of work in further sessions.
According to authoritative Cypriot sources the question of training areas outside the bases was settled Feb 25. Only details of drafting remain.
Under-Secretary Amery flew back to Cyprus Feb 23 just ten days after the breakdown of previous talks in Nicosia. Britain then demanded 167 square miles for bases. Now the British Governments's "final offer" is 120 square miles. Archbishop Makarios is standing firm on is on his compromise proposal of 80 square miles, plus 40 square miles in which Britain would enjoy "special facilities".
Mr. Amery's sudden flight back to the island indicates a possible solution to the stumbling block in the way of Cypriot Independence - twice postponed - now scheduled for the week beginning April 17.