§ 51. Mr. A. Henderson
asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations and the Colonies to what extent the cease-fire announcement of President Makarios has become effective; and whether he will make a statement on the present situation in Cyprus.
§ Mr. Tilney
The position around St. Hilarion Castle has become more stable, and the United Nations Force has set up posts in the area. Sporadic incidents have, however, continued to occur in the island.
On 29th April, U Thant in a report to the Security Council redefined the aims and objectives of the United Nations Force and appealed strongly to President Makarios and Vice-President Kutchuk to announce publicly that there is no reason for further fighting. The President and Vice-President both subsequently made statements welcoming 48W the Secretary-General's report as helpful and constructive.
Meanwhile the United Nations Force has continued to take shape. The Swedish, Irish and Finnish contingents have now arrived, and the Danish Government have undertaken to provide 1,000 men. The arrival of the Danes will enable the British contingent to be reduced to about 2,000 in a force of about 7,000.