OPINION

June 22, 1955

CYPRUS: London, 21 – As Cypriot patriots began exploding bombs from one end of the island to the other, the British House of Commons began debating the Cyprus issue this evening. No opinion worthy of the spirit of justice and the principles of freedom was heard, not even from the Labor MPs. Labor’s Arthur Creech-Jones simply spoke of the deteriorating situation on the island and the need for understanding between Greeks and Turks. No one wanted to delve into the cause of the disturbances. From the government benches, both Colonial Secretary H.L. Hopkinson and Secretary of State for the Colonies Alan Lennox-Boyd showed the same inflexibility as always regarding Britain’s colonial interests, and nothing else. Today’s session was petty, mean and provided arbitrary proposals for a solution regarding the appointment of three administrators, in complete contrast to what was happening on Cyprus where Cypriot patriots appear to have thrown down the gauntlet for a determined struggle for freedom. (…) A bomb exploded tonight in front of the Nicosia police headquarters, resulting in the death of 40-year-old passerby Kyriakos Kyprianou.