An armed confrontation between Greek and Turkish soldiers on the island of Cyprus was a real possibility as recently as 1983, declassified documents have revealed, SIA informs citing the AA.
Papers released in London show that Greece’s then Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou was prepared to send troops to divided Eastern Mediterranean island after the Turkish community unexpectedly declared an independent state in the north.
He made the offer of military support to Spyros Kyprianou, the then leader of the Greek-Cypriot administration, at an emergency meeting in Athens just hours after the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) was proclaimed on Nov. 15, 1983.
Kyprianou flew to London for discussions with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
A memo of their conversation is one of a number of Foreign Office documents that were made public last week.
“He [Kyprianou] had been told that if he felt that Greek troops should go to Cyprus, and he so requested, the Greek Government was ready to meet his request,” the declassified note said.