Makarios, the great truths - The path from his childhood to the Zurich-London Agreement - Wishevoke

Makarios, the great truths – The path from his childhood to the Zurich-London Agreement

The author attempts to create an important research book that sheds light on previously unknown aspects of the history of the Union of Greece and Cyprus George Papadopoulos Kypraios.

The book with the title “Makarios – The Great Truths” that circulates from Diopter editions It is the product of personal experiences, interviews, testimonies, publications, published documents… It refers to the period of the struggle of the EOKA up to the declaration of independence of Cyprus in August 1960 and to the predominant form of this period, The Archbishop Makarios.


Among other things, the following are taken into account:

*The mysterious death of his mother, his stay in the Kykkos monastery as a good boy, his theological studies in Athens and Boston.

*His elevation to Metropolitan of Kiti in 1948 and his election as Archbishop in 1950. The oaths for the Union and the change of course. The conversations with Harding. His exile in the Seychelles and his blackmail by Tornaritis.

*The interview with Barbara Castle. His refusal to sign the Zurich-London Agreement and his sudden conversion on the evening of February 18, 1959.
*The acceptance of the agreements by the chairman of EOKA, Georgios Griva-Digeni, and his secret departure. The election of Makarios as President of the Republic. The aim of the book is to present the truth about the role of the protagonists of the events in Cyprus and Greece and to highlight the situations that determined the unpleasant developments.

Because knowledge of the truth contributes to the unity of purpose and people, helps to draw correct conclusions and avoid mistakes in the future. presents a pre-publication of the book:

Read an excerpt from the book “Makarios – The Great Truths” by Giorgos Papadopoulos Kypraios. (published by Dioptra)

Author’s Note – Why I wrote this book


I experienced this turbulent period of the EOKA fight, in which I took part along with many of my fellow competitors. We believed back then what our leaders in Cyprus and Greece told us. We gave them a blank check. We trusted them completely. We were ready to sacrifice even our lives for the Union. Many were killed with the words “Union” and “Greece” on their lips. However, the Union did not materialize, and “our lighthouse, the Acropolis” – as we Cypriots used to say to show that the light of the Parthenon guided us in battle – did not illuminate the darkness of slavery in Cyprus. On the contrary, England remained dominant in its bases and the Turkish army set foot on our bloodstained soil again after 82 years.

Many questions arose in my mind about the signing of the Zurich-London Treaties and the attempt to enforce them by pro-independence advocates. Both after Archbishop Makarios’ decision to support independence and after the signing of the treaties, journalists and other opponents of the solution were beaten, kidnapped and tortured, without any of the perpetrators ever being arrested and brought to justice. Even after the Declaration of Independence in August 1960, the doctrine of “whoever is not with us is against us” continued to be applied, leading to a series of murders and other crimes in which the perpetrators continued to go unpunished.

These horrific developments were the motivation that led me to investigate the incident. A personal need led me to search and find evidence of how we arrived first at the unacceptable solution of “dependent” independence and after a few years at the Turkish invasion and occupation of 37% of our island. Over the many decades from 1960 to the present, in addition to my own experiences, I have collected information from many sources: from the mass media, from statements of protagonists of the situation at that time, from books, from interviews… They learned from my documents, those from authorities were released abroad… Video…

Making the truth widely known is not division, for the knowledge of the truth does not divide or inflame passions. On the contrary, it contributes to the unity of purpose and people and makes it possible to draw correct conclusions and avoid mistakes in the future.


Athens, March 2024

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