HC Deb 20 June 1956 vol 554 cc100-1W
60. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many British soldiers and civilians and Cypriot civilians have been killed or injured, respectively, since the outbreak of violence; approximately how many assailants or suspected persons have been killed, injured, or arrested; what Cypriot Christian priest, or other representative person, has publicly denounced violence and appealed for its cessation without prejudice to the political issue; and what steps have been taken, in the interest of school children, to reopen schools and to secure agreement among teachers to dissuade their pupils from participating in violence.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

The Bishop of Kyrenia is reported to have denounced violence on the eve of his arrest: his support of the terrorist movement is however notorious. A few other individuals have more sincerely denounced violence and appealed for its cessation. Half of the elementary schools have been reopened, and the Governor is considering what steps can be taken to arrange for further schools to be reopened without prejudice to security.

The Answer to the first and second parts of the Question is as follows:

Killed Wounded
Troops 39 154
Police 1 6
Civilians 5 32
Police (Greek-Cypriot) 9 21
Police (Turkish-Cypriot) 7 17
Civilians (Greek-Cypriot) 40 74
Civilians (Turkish-Cypriot) 1 22
Terrorists 13 19
Note: In addition to the figures for terrorists given above, 312 persons are detained under the Detention of Persons Law who are suspected of acts of violence or of the furtherance of E.O.K.A. activities.

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