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Greek offer of troops in 1983

Postby Simon » Wed Jul 08, 2015 1:10 pm

Declassified UK documents reveal Greece planned Cyprus invasion in 1983

An armed confrontation between Greek and Turkish soldiers on the island of Cyprus was a real possibility as recently as 1983, declassified documents have revealed.

Papers released in London show that Greece’s then Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou was prepared to send troops to divided Eastern Mediterranean island after the Turkish community unexpectedly declared an independent state in the north.

He made the offer of military support to Spyros Kyprianou, the then leader of the Greek-Cypriot administration, at an emergency meeting in Athens just hours after the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) was proclaimed on Nov. 15, 1983.

Kyprianou flew to London for discussions with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

A memo of their conversation is one of a number of Foreign Office documents that were made public last week.

“He [Kyprianou] had been told that if he felt that Greek troops should go to Cyprus, and he so requested, the Greek Government was ready to meet his request,” the declassified note said.

Thatcher’s concern

Kyprianou was worried that if Greece’s offer of military assistance was made public there could be “great difficulties” that could cost him his job, adding: “It might appear that Greece was prepared to go to the bitter end.”


Full article here:

http://world.bgnnews.com/declassified-u ... aberi/7465
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Re: Greek offer of troops in 1983

Postby Get Real! » Wed Jul 08, 2015 4:34 pm

:roll: :lol:

What a comeback for Simon! :lol:
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Re: Greek offer of troops in 1983

Postby Lordo » Wed Jul 08, 2015 6:28 pm

where is the bitter end, lemon field?
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Re: Greek offer of troops in 1983

Postby Oceanside50 » Thu Jul 09, 2015 3:22 pm

Simon wrote:
Declassified UK documents reveal Greece planned Cyprus invasion in 1983

An armed confrontation between Greek and Turkish soldiers on the island of Cyprus was a real possibility as recently as 1983, declassified documents have revealed.

Papers released in London show that Greece’s then Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou was prepared to send troops to divided Eastern Mediterranean island after the Turkish community unexpectedly declared an independent state in the north.

He made the offer of military support to Spyros Kyprianou, the then leader of the Greek-Cypriot administration, at an emergency meeting in Athens just hours after the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) was proclaimed on Nov. 15, 1983.

Kyprianou flew to London for discussions with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

A memo of their conversation is one of a number of Foreign Office documents that were made public last week.

“He [Kyprianou] had been told that if he felt that Greek troops should go to Cyprus, and he so requested, the Greek Government was ready to meet his request,” the declassified note said.

Thatcher’s concern

Kyprianou was worried that if Greece’s offer of military assistance was made public there could be “great difficulties” that could cost him his job, adding: “It might appear that Greece was prepared to go to the bitter end.”


Full article here:

http://world.bgnnews.com/declassified-u ... aberi/7465


the west, i.e. britain, usa, were caught off guard by denktash's announcement. in the usa as i recall, all members of greek/cypriot organizations were invited to government briefings all across america and a state dept. spokesman told them that under no circumstances would recognition be given. if they did the usa would stop any aid to that country.. it also made front page for a few days..
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Re: Greek offer of troops in 1983

Postby GreekIslandGirl » Thu Jul 16, 2015 12:11 am

Oceanside50 wrote:
Simon wrote:
Declassified UK documents reveal Greece planned Cyprus invasion in 1983

An armed confrontation between Greek and Turkish soldiers on the island of Cyprus was a real possibility as recently as 1983, declassified documents have revealed.

Papers released in London show that Greece’s then Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou was prepared to send troops to divided Eastern Mediterranean island after the Turkish community unexpectedly declared an independent state in the north.

He made the offer of military support to Spyros Kyprianou, the then leader of the Greek-Cypriot administration, at an emergency meeting in Athens just hours after the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) was proclaimed on Nov. 15, 1983.

Kyprianou flew to London for discussions with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

A memo of their conversation is one of a number of Foreign Office documents that were made public last week.

“He [Kyprianou] had been told that if he felt that Greek troops should go to Cyprus, and he so requested, the Greek Government was ready to meet his request,” the declassified note said.

Thatcher’s concern

Kyprianou was worried that if Greece’s offer of military assistance was made public there could be “great difficulties” that could cost him his job, adding: “It might appear that Greece was prepared to go to the bitter end.”


Full article here:

http://world.bgnnews.com/declassified-u ... aberi/7465


the west, i.e. britain, usa, were caught off guard by denktash's announcement. in the usa as i recall, all members of greek/cypriot organizations were invited to government briefings all across america and a state dept. spokesman told them that under no circumstances would recognition be given. if they did the usa would stop any aid to that country.. it also made front page for a few days..


We were silenced into acceptance of the status quo by the offer of non-recognition. We were also allowed to grow 'wealthy' to make us lazy and content and not seek change.
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