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13 - A reluctant start

The road to Cyprus, 1964

from Part 1 - Actor and observer

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 September 2019

Peter Londey
Affiliation:
Australian National University, Canberra
Rhys Crawley
Affiliation:
Australian War Memorial
David Horner
Affiliation:
Australian National University, Canberra
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On the morning of Monday, 25 May 1964, following a ‘very pleasant, well organised and enjoyable’ flight, 38 Australian police stepped from their specially chartered Qantas Boeing 707, City of Brisbane, onto the tarmac at Nicosia International Airport, in the capital of Cyprus. It had been a long flight, ‘the longest [day] of my life’, wrote First Constable John Owens. Their landing had been delayed while the pilot ‘flew the length of the island several times’ waiting for the mist to lift. Finally on the ground at 7am, Owens recalled, ‘the Cyprus air was noticeably hot and moist – a marked contrast to the early morning frosts of Canberra, which we had left 24 hours before’.

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The Long Search for Peace
Observer Missions and Beyond, 1947–2006
, pp. 318 - 346
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2019

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  • A reluctant start
  • Peter Londey, Australian National University, Canberra, Rhys Crawley, David Horner, Australian National University, Canberra
  • Book: The Long Search for Peace
  • Online publication: 27 September 2019
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108628938.015
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  • A reluctant start
  • Peter Londey, Australian National University, Canberra, Rhys Crawley, David Horner, Australian National University, Canberra
  • Book: The Long Search for Peace
  • Online publication: 27 September 2019
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108628938.015
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  • A reluctant start
  • Peter Londey, Australian National University, Canberra, Rhys Crawley, David Horner, Australian National University, Canberra
  • Book: The Long Search for Peace
  • Online publication: 27 September 2019
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108628938.015
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