CURRENT INTELLIGENCE WEEKLY REVIEW -- NATIONALIST VIOLENCE ON CYPRUS

Created: 4/14/1955

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of tbe anionare reported to plan tbe assassination of Greek-Cyprlotssight support the British. They vlll probably continue to refrain froa aabotage ofInstallations, but they fear that local Communista may attack British basea In order to discredit the Nationalist cause among Britain's NATO allies.

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

doplct tbe Nationalist as Comwunist-lnsplred.

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The colonial government has received local support so far only from the Communists and the Turkish minority. The Greek majority on Cyprue appeare 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 mlgbt their favored position la tbe colony. They enjoy greaterfreedom on Cyprus than the Nationalists, aad have good relations slth 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, blmla Athens Is nowto favor It because of Its effectiveness lathe 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 bear on Greece. Unless Hakarlos actlvoly combats Nationalist vlolsscs, It Is likely to continue

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