The president of Cyprus. Archbishop Makaries, on Friday (16 June) swore in his new government.?
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Background: The president of Cyprus. Archbishop Makaries, on Friday (16 June) swore in his new government. The ceremony followed an extensive cabinet reshuffle announced by the President earlier in the week.
In Cyprus, the reshuffle is seen as an effort by President Makarios to improve the strained relations between Cyprus and Greece. After the ceremony the President himself said he hoped the new cabinet would ???ook to restore harmonious relations and cooperation with Athens.
Cyprus's relations with Greece have been strained since January--when a move by Archbishop Makaries's government to import arms from Czechoslovakia raised fears that a civil war might break out again on the island. The President acceded to demands that he hand the arms over to the United Nations peace-keeping force--but Greece continued to urge the establishment of a more united administration to handle the island's communal problem. The cabinet reshuffle is apparently aimed at achieving such unity.