"UN Peace-keeping in Cyprus",
a review by Carroll Quigley in Military Affairs, December 1971,
of a book:
THE IMPARTIAL SOLDIER,
by Michael Harbottle.
Oxford University Press: New York, 1970
"UN Peace-keeping in Cyprus"
The Impartial Soldier
By Michael Harbottle
(New York: Oxford University Press, 1970, xii + 210 pp., maps, $5.50)
Brigadier Harbottle was Chief of Staff
for 26 months to Lieutenant General Armas Martola of Finland, Commander
of the United Nations peacekeeping forces in Cyprus (June 1966-August
1968). His account of his experiences, sponsored by Chatham House, is a
very well-written and thoughtful book. In addition to a personal
account, he gives a good view of the organizational, logistics, and
political aspects of a very tricky assignment. The result is a volume
which is both readable and valuable, containing numerous suggestions for
future peacekeeping efforts.
Few military operations are more difficult than one like this, in
which contingents from six countries were called upon to maintain peace
among larger forces yearning to get at each other. The UN Force of about
4,000 stood between a Greek force of 950 and a Turkish Force of 650,
both legally on the island by treaty agreement between the two. But
there was also a Turkish Cypriot irregular force of about 10,000 with
about a thousand Turkish regular troops, a Greek army force of about
7,000 which had come in secretly, and a Greek Cypriot National Guard of
about 30,000 officered from the Greek regular army. Great credit is due
to all concerned with the UN effort to keep peace in this situation and
very great credit to Harbottle for his modest and lucid account of how
it was done.
-- CARROLL QUIGLEY