History

11 Jun 1958

Edith Belcher describes the frustrations her husband Toby Belcher was experiencing in Cyprus:

Toby said at breakfast that Zorlu’s attitude towards Bowker, British ambassador in Ankara, greatly annoyed him. Zorlu and Bowker come to see him at midnight, said they (the Turks) were most distressed over the Cyprus government’s inability to curb the Greeks! Also that the Governor was secretly encouraging the Greeks. This is confidential of course. Bowker gave Zorlu a prompt and accurate reply!  The weird thing is that the Greeks were accusing the government of encouraging the Turks! They complain that the soldiers just stand there and look the other way.