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ARCHBISHOP MAKARIOS MAKING A STATEMENT IN REPLY TO THE CYPRUS DEBATE IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS.
The statement on Cyprus made in the House of Commons by the responsible ministers, again does not disclose any earnest intention on the part of the British Government for a democratic & just solution of the problem.
From the fact that reference has only been made to the antique (?) proposal for a colonial constitution and to partition it appears that, to the minds of the British government, Cyprus must continue to be a colony or, in the alternative, be cut up with a politically disasterous texture (?) The possibility of a solution more reasonable and more consistent with justice & freedom & the spirit of the times does not as yet seem to be contemplated by the British Government.
Mr. Profumo suggests a separate self determination for the Turks. I may remind him that it has never been even conceived that the minority scattered about in a territory and not in a preponderant occupation of any part of it can be given separate self-determination
Such minorities exist in many countries the world over. We must realise that however clear to them their rights, they are minority rights.
Actually "atrocity" is a very unsatisfactory word to people who dismiss the charges by alleging that they are a campaign of (intimidation?). If the British Government actually believes that the whole subject of forture inflicted on the Cypriots by the British disciplinary (?) force is a mere fabrication they need to welcome (?) an independent inquiry instead of shunning it. Such an inquiry should have been their answer.
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