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The position of Cyprus

13 November 2020

November 12th, 1920.

WE HAVE received from the Metropolitan of Paphos a telegram announcing that the Holy Synod of the Church of Cyprus has unanimously resolved to assist the people of Cyprus in their struggle for union with Greece, that large meetings are being held in all great centres, disapproving of the decision of the British Government to retain Cyprus, and declaring that the struggle for liberty and union with Greece will continue to the end. The Holy Synod appeals for support to all friends of justice. Our own convictions in the matter are not in doubt, we have often expressed them. We hold that Cyprus, overwhelmingly Greek in population and in sentiment, rightly desires union with the Kingdom of the Hellenes. We believe that its desire cannot long be disappointed of accomplishment. The fact that the British Government has already offered Cyprus to Greece proves that there is no insuperable obstacle to ultimate cession. But the Near East is still unquiet, Greece in particular has its own crisis to meet, and the moment of the cession is not yet to be defined. The people of Cyprus will do well to be content for the present with the calm registration of their demand, and to trust their English friends, who have no intention of abandoning the cause they have espoused. They are the more deeply pledged to it since Rhodes also is involved, and very few Englishmen desire to see Rhodes remain in the possession of Italy.

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