July 29, 1959

GEORGIOS GRIVAS: The former leader of the National Cypriot Fighters’ Organization (EOKA), Georgios Grivas, aka Digenis, issued a series of statements yesterday that satisfied all those who have used the Cyprus issue for the purposes of demagoguery on the domestic front. His statements were part of an ongoing policy of attacking the London treaties and appeals by Cypriot Archbishop Makarios and the new Cypriot government in order to distance himself from issues that were their responsibility. Despite an earlier proclamation he had made to the Cypriot people recognizing the London treaties and the leadership of Archbishop Makarios, Grivas yesterday issued a virulent attack against the archbishop, who had just assumed responsibility for the signing of the treaties. In fact, Grivas said he had been deceived during the negotiation process and declared that he would lead a struggle to overturn the treaties. Political commentators in Athens believe Grivas’s statements to be an initial indication of his desire to become more deeply involved in Greece’s political life, using the Cyprus issue as his banner.