August 28, 1956

GRIVAS’S DIARY: London, 27 – The British government claims to have discovered documents belonging to General Georgios Grivas (Digenis) in the form of a long diary that allegedly proves that the leader of the National Cypriot Fighters’ Organization (EOKA) is acting under the direction and orders of Archbishop Makarios (who was exiled by the British colonial authorities in Cyprus to the Seychelles). They claim that the «Grivas Diary» was discovered during «counterterrorist activity» in the district of Famagusta a week ago. (…) The British government’s purpose is twofold. First of all, it wants to justify the arrest and exile of the ethnarch, Archbishop Makarios, and secondly to discredit the Cypriots’ national organization as being a terrorist group. EOKA’S RESPONSE: Nicosia, 28 – The sound of a bomb exploding in Larnaca today marked the end of EOKA’s 10-day ceasefire. The bomb was tossed at the two-story home of a British sergeant and his family. No one was injured. Today EOKA’s leader Digenis urged Britain to settle the conflict by negotiating with the exiled archbishop.

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