OPINION

August 22, 1956

JOHN HARDING: The British governor of Cyprus, Field Marshal Sir John Harding, has issued an outrageous demand to the members of the National Cypriot Fighters’ Organization (EOKA) to turn themselves in and/or be sent to Greece after first being locked up in a British prison or to remain in Cyprus and stand trial. The demand came after the unilateral declaration by EOKA of a ceasefire on August 16. As for the ethnarch of Cyprus, Archbishop Makarios, according to the British, his release from exile in the Seychelles is up to him. The only condition made is that he has to renounce the national struggle of his homeland. The British Embassy in Athens turned over the text of Harding’s proclamation last night to the Greek Foreign Ministry along with an announcement by the Colonial Department. GREECE-USSR: A Greek parliamentary delegation leaves tomorrow for the Russian capital at the invitation of the USSR’s Supreme Soviet. Radio Moscow has reported that the visit is an important event and the next step toward a rapprochement between the two peoples.