'Some sort of an agreed line'. The negotiations for the ceasefire demarcation line in Cyprus, 30 July - 9 August 1974
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Using recently declassified British documents, this paper looks at the negotiations for the demarcation of an agreed ceasefire line between the invading Turkish forces and the defending Greek-Cypriot National Guard. These negotiations took place in Cyprus between the end of July and 9 August 1974 and were successful only in part, as the attempt to draw a mutually agreed line eventually proved futile. Through the examination of the available documents, this paper highlights a number of areas: it draws a vivid picture of the negotiations themselves and the difficulties they faced; it sheds light on some of the aims and objectives of Britain; it gives some information of the conditions on the ground in Cyprus during the tragic and confused period between the first and second invasion; last but not least, it draws out the aims and ultimate policy of Turkey, the invading power, which were to become amply evident only a few days later.