Kissinger and the arms embargo on Turkey

Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (left) chats with Dimitrios Bitsios, Greece's then foreign minister, in Brussels on May 29, 1975, before a NATO summit. [AP]

Henry Kissinger, the former US secretary of state and national security adviser who died on November 29, was a "red flag" for the Greeks and the diaspora, as he was viewed as largely responsible for the attitude that the United States and NATO adopted toward Turkey following its invasion of Cyprus. The revelations in the book "A Dark Room, 1967-1974," by Kathimerini Executive Editor Alexis Papachelas, highlight the role of the then US secretary of state, both with his plan to persuade the Greek junta not to react to the invasion, by leaking information that Turkish soldiers had been ordered not to shoot, as well as his statement before the second round of the invasion that "there is no American reason why the Turks should not have a third of Cyprus."

The attitude of the US toward the invasion caused a strong wave of anti-Americanism, which was also strongly manifested across...

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