March 19, 1959

EOKA DISARMS: Nicosia, 13 – Following the Zurich and London accords on Cyprus, the National Organization of Cypriot Fighters (EOKA) began the process of disarming its men after four years of armed conflict. Across the island, weaponry, bombs and ammunition are being collected by Greek-Cypriot police officers. Small groups of Greek Cypriots gathered at the collection points and silently watched the handover of boxes, bags, baskets and other containers of material by EOKA members, many of whom were former prisoners or inmates of concentration camps. Some were elderly farmers. One was a 20-year-old girl in men’s trousers who, accompanied by a man, personally handed over her weapon at the Kykkou Monastery and was given a receipt. No British police officers are involved in the disarmament. INCIDENT ON EVROS: Thessaloniki, 12 – A Turkish patrol arrested Christos Kentakis, Ioannis Angelidis and Athanasios Kigman, all residents of Feres, Alexandroupolis, while they were fishing on the Evros River. The Turks also seized their boat and fishing gear as well as a hunting rifle. The Evros prefecture has issued a demarche calling for their release.

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