The Cyprus treaty and other agreements on British bases were initialled at a ceremony at Government House, Nicosia, July 6, thus bringing to an end the long negotiation which began in London last January.
Delegates seated at table.
Archbishop Makarios towards camera.
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Background: The Cyprus treaty and other agreements on British bases were initialled at a ceremony at Government House, Nicosia, July 6, thus bringing to an end the long negotiation which began in London last January.
Mr. Julian Amery, the Colonial Under-Secretary, signed for Britain, Archbishop Makarios for the Greek Cypriots, and Dr. Kutchuk for the Turkish Cypriots. The documents were also initialled by the respective consuls-general in Nicosia, Mr. Christopoulos and Mr. Turel, for the Greek and Turkish Governments.
After the initialling ceremony, which was help up for several hours over a question of certain formalities, Mr. Amery said that "the agreements have been difficult to make, but they will be almost impossible to break".
In London, July 7, a 220-page White Paper was tabled in the House of Commons. It sets out the terms of agreement and provides for GBP14 1/2 million financial aid to the new Republic in the next five years. Details were given of the two military base areas in southern Cyprus - smaller than originally planned - over which British retains sovereignty. Other parts of Cyprus will be open to Britain for military training, including field-firing, parachute dropping and airborne exercises. Various installations, such as radar, are also reserved for the UK. Cyprus is now expected to become finally independent in mid-August.