The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 8, 1968 · Page 16
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 16

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16 Palm Beach Post, Friday, Nov. 8, 1968 SPORTS Crisis Arises FromAttempted Assassination BUCK KINNARD (8W MTY0U1 AQUARIUM SET compute iocal 11" TROPICAL FISH All SUPPLIES LARGEST SELECTION LOWEST PRICES AQUARIUM CENTER 6:15 PM Cyprus is not a member of NATO, and this would break its strongest tie with the West. As its Communist Party represents about 20 per cent of the voters and has a powerful voice in the labor unions, NATO diplomats would not like to see this. ish underground, when Cyprus was a British colony, and for the Cyprus government after that. Some of the present military leaders of Greece were intelligence officers. There are stories of duplicity and betrayal in relations between the Cy prus and Greek intelligence services, stories, also, that Georgadjis had secret relations with opposition politicians in Greece. One rumor here now has it that Greece is threatening to withdraw all its troops and leave Cyprus to its fate. 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In this land of traditional twisted plots and a government-controlled press, nothing is certain, not even that there was an attempt to kill the prime minister, George Papo-dopoulos. At any rate, 14 people were arrested as suspects to a plot to plant a bomb under the premier's car last August. One, a young soldier, allegedly confessed and named all the plotters. An official committee of inquiry was appointed. On the basis of the soldier's confession, it announced last week that Polycarpos Georgadjts, the Cyprus minister of defense and the interior, had sent over explosives and money for the assassination attempt in diplomatic bags. Diplomatic sources here say that the (ireek government then asked President Makari-os of Cyprus to dismiss Georg-adjis. Georgadjis submitted his resignation; Makarios said he was convinced of his innocence and refused to accept it. As events swirled on, Georgadjis took a holiday away from it all and flew to London for a week with his wife. Most Greeks assume that whatever the substance behind the charges, their publication could only have been intended as an attack on Geor-gadjis's position. "Why should the (ireek military leaders want todo this?" they ask. Several possible reasons are advanced. One is the ambiguous status of the (ireek troops on Cyprus. (ireek and Turkish troops are stationed on the island, lo give both countries a stake in the republic that has a majority of ethnic Greeks but a substantial minority of ethnic Turks. The Cyprus national guard, the republic's only defense force, is officered almost entirely by Greeks. Their role is not precisely defined. Though the national guard is nominally under control of the Cyprus government, the officers take their orders from Athens. As one (ireek oflicer recently back from Cyprus told me, "If 1 give a Cypriot soldier an order and he spits in my face, I can't even court martial him. 1 don't know what the formal position is." 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