HC Deb 25 July 1956 vol 557 cc41-2W
Mr. Redhead

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what information he now has as to the numerical strength of the organised terrorist forces engaged in Cyprus; over how wide an area they are operating; and if it is known whether they are centrally organised and directed throughout the island.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

My information is that the hard-core terrorists are relatively few in number. They have active supporters in the towns, who are mainly youths inflamed with nationalist ideas by their teachers and their priests. In rural areas there are small numbers of supporters in the villages who are stirred to action from time to time. The hard-core of terrorism operates mainly in mountainous areas but the pattern of terrorist activity throughout the Island is centrally controlled.

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