CURRENT INTELLIGENCE WEEKLY REVIEW -- NATIONALIST VIOLENCE ON CYPRUS

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of tbe anion movc-nesit are reported to plan tbe assassination of Greek-CyprlotsBight support the British. They vlll probably continue to refrain from sabotage ofInstallations, but they fear that local Communists may attack British basea in order to discredit the Nationalist cause among Britain's NATO allies.

Both the CyprlotParty and the Coemtunlst-domtnated Old Trade Unions have denounced the currentand tbe Nationaliststhat therominent Nationalist Leader to the British. Nevertheless, both Britain and Turkey, which are against any change In tbe Island's status, are trying to

doplct tbe Nationalist as Coiwunijit-lnsplred.

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The colonial government has received local support mo far only from the Communists and the Turkish minority. The Greek majority on Cyprua appears to be solidly behind theagitation. TbeGreek Communist radio In Bucbaremt and official Greek broadcasts, on the other band, nave warned all Cypriote against violence.

The Communists apparently

believe violence might their favored position la tbe colony. They enjoy greaterfreedom on Cyprus than tbe Nationalists, and have good relations with the British authorities on labor matters. Athens, on the other hand, fears that violence mlgbt damage tbe

cause of Cyprlotabroad.

Although CyprlotNakarlos, who heads the Nationalist movement, formerly opposed violence, himin Athens Is nowto favor It because of Its effectiveness inthe movement. Theplans to attend the Afro-Asian conference. Be probably expects to encourage discussion of tbe Cyprus Issue tbera.

Nakarlos may fear that Athens la wavering In itsof the Cyprlot Nationalist cause and he may covertlythe campaigneans of bringing pressure to boar on Greece. Unless Hakarloa actively combats Nationalist vlolssce, It Is likely to continue

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