The “Cyprus File” Handover – Fanoulla Argyrou, Journalist and Researcher, 14 July 2017

by on July 18, 2017

The “Cyprus File” Handover
Fanoulla Argyrou
Journalist and Researcher
14th July 2017


Marta Murzanska (M.M.): Today, Friday14th, the Greek parliament will hand over to the Republic of Cyprus the findings of an inquiry into the 1974 coup followed by the Turkish invasion. Twenty nine years later they are finally being handed over. Our guest today is Ms. Fanoulla Argyrou, a journalist and a writer based in London Ms. Argyrou, thank you very much for joining us and welcome.

Fanoulla Argyrou (F.A.): Thank you very much for inviting me.

M.M.: Could you please tell us what significance does it have for a better understanding what happened in 1974?

F.A.: Yes. these files are long awaited, but if what I read this morning is something to go by, and that is that this file and all these boxes do not really contain what we are looking for, and it contains testimonies and statements of people at the time who were called to give evidence to the Greek Parliament’s inquiry, I don’t think we will be satisfied and have enough material to justify that at last we have something from Greece. Because what I would like to see, it’s not the testimonies, because all of these we are known at the time. And people read all about this. It’s in the public domain. I’ve seen it on the Internet even. But the thing is what I’m looking for as a researcher is the documents and archives of the Ministry of Defense of Greece and of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I’m not interested in the testimonies of people which are already known. I want to know the inside of the Foreign Office of Greece and of the Ministry of Defense of Greece. Because then we can compare those documents with the documents we already have released in the British archives and the American archive and then we can compare them and see where they match. And then we can come to some sort of result nearer to the truth of what really happened in 1974. So far we have the American and the British documents. And as far as Cyprus is concerned and what happened in Cyprus in ‘74 and everything that happens around Cyprus, primary sources are the British sources, secondary sources of the Americans’. And once you match and you compare these two archives, then you have a good picture of what happened. But there is a little bit missing. And it would have been very helpful if we could have Greek archives, but proper archives, not testimonies of different people. So I’m a bit disappointed of what I heard this morning if this is what we are getting from Greece.

M.M.: So what you’re saying is that these findings actually do not carry as much value as we would expect them to.

F.A.: As I said, I read this morning some reports saying that this is what the boxes contained. so if it is only testimonies and things that were already known in back in the 1980’s in Greece when the inquiry was conducted, I am disappointed that we will not get exactly what we are looking for, unfortunately.

M.M.: Mrs. Argyrou, thank you very much for joining us for being with us today and thank you very much for your time.

F.A.: Thank you very much indeed.