Thursday, April 20, 2006

Plots in Cyprus; US bases in Cyprus

A number of books refer to a 1974 Cyprus plot involving the USA:

The Aphrodite Plot by Michael Jansen 1976, The Cyprus Conspiracy: America, Espionage and the Turkish Invasion by Brendan O'Malley and Ian Craig (published by I.B. Taurus), The Rape of Greece by Peter Murtagh, and The Wrong Horse by Lawrence Stern.

According to Michael Jansen, at :

A deal was discussed by Greek and Turkish ministers in the early 1970s. Cyprus would be split. A Turkish military base would be set up on Cyprus, on the Karpass Peninsula. The mainly Greek part of the Island would join up with Greece.

The USA had a strong interest in Turkey.

The U.S. wanted rid of Makarios, the President of Cyprus. Makarios was seen as being too independent minded; he had left-wing allies; he was a friend of the Arabs; he was opposed to the fascist colonels who ran Greece and who were regarded as CIA assets.

According to Peter Murtagh, the Greek colonels in Athens had allowed Israeli planes to use a U.S. base in Crete to launch the air strikes on Egyptian, Jordanian and Syrian air fields that decided the outcome of the 1967 war before Arab and Israeli troops came together on the ground.

According to Jansen: the USA wanted its Greek and Turkish allies in control of Cyprus.

By late 1973, the Greek and Turkish Cypriots were becoming more friendly with each other. They had decided to keep Cyprus united.

Athens and Ankara tried to wreck things.

In July 1974 Greece organised a coup against Makarios. Nicos Sampson became president.

Ankara decided to carry out its own plan to split Cyprus. Turkish troops took over the North of Cyprus in 1974. It is thought that the USA supported the invasion.

According to the Cyprus Mail, 13 November 1999, and the Times Higher Education Supplement, the USA vetoed any British intervention in Cyprus.

The USA "vetoed Britain's intervention in the Turkish invasion to protect its spying bases in northern Cyprus, former British Prime Minister Lord Callaghan has revealed in an interview to a British paper." The US has electronic spying facilities in northern Cyprus.

Callaghan was interviewed for the Times by Brendan O'Malley, co-author with Ian Craig of The Cyprus Conspiracy: American Espionage and the Turkish Invasion.

"Cyprus had extreme value as a centre for electronic surveillance," Callaghan said.

According to a report in the 6 March 6 2004 edition of the Beirut Daily Star, the USA would like its troops stationed on Cyprus. ( )

The UK and the US have had intelligence bases on Cyprus for many years. They have sophisticated surveillance equipment on top of Mount Troodos. The USA has its listening post in Northern Cyprus.

According to Greece's Daily Times, the USA has studied the possibility of "sending a military force to Cyprus, in the form of a peacekeeping force".


1 comment:

Donna said...

Its such a shame to read that countries such as the US had/have plans to spoil such a lovely place as Cyprus. I visted Cyprus myself last year and since then have returned 4 further times, in the end I loved the place so much I bought my own apartment over there - you can see pics of it at Cyprus Holiday Apartment

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