According to the BBC Radio 4 documentary
programme “Document” transmitted on Monday 23 January 2006 evidence
exists which shows that the UK was directly behind Turkish terrorism in
Cyprus after it gained its independence in 1960 in order to bring about the
partition of the island.
In a handwritten note written by British Army
Major Ted Macey details were given of the locations of various arms
and explosives that were being stored in civilian premises in Nicosia.
According to one of Macey's former drivers who found the note after
Macey’s execution, which British intelligence believes was carried out by Cypriot
security forces, ammunition was smuggled in their
car disguised to the Turks in State Express cartons of cigarettes and
explosives were stored in the cellar of Androulas cabaret bar.
drivers admission Turkish terrorist militias out in the villages
were being assisted by Major Macey under instructions of the British
government or British forces since he would have had to obtain the ammunition
from somewhere and account for it not coming back.
documents show that other members of British armed forces were up to their
necks in gun running and espionage for the Turks and Turkish Cypriot
In May 1964
senior RAF aircraftsman Keith Marley was arrested by Cypriot police after
they discovered two mortars in the boot of his car along with incriminating
letters from senior member of Turkeys civilian militias.
from the national archives in London show that three other airmen were
involved, the ringleader being corporal Sam Bass.
Telegram from HQ British Forces Cyprus, states
“Bass has been deeply involved in gunrunning for the
Turks. He has agreed to assist as a frogman at which he is proficient to
meet Turkish submarines arriving over a period of 7 days for the landing of
Turkish mainland volunteers at the rate of 200 to 300 a day. He professed
to know many details of Turkish plans, including scope and method of
landing operations, aimed at effecting partition of the island.”
A spy ring operated with members stationed in
different parts of Cyprus. They had expensive diving equipment far beyond
the needs or capabilities of most amateurs and were probably all
members of a diving club in Cyprus called Omerous, an Anglo-American club,
predominately American. Most of the meetings were held at the American
embassy. Keith Marley, Sam Bass and Bill Brown were the only members from
the British forces and the rest were Americans from the US Navy, Marines
and Marine Embassy Guards. The men were never court-martialled but secretly
flown out of the country as part of a cover-up.