The Strategic Importance of Cyprus and the Prospect of Union with Greece, 1919–1931: The Greek Perspective
The outbreak of the First World War brought about an important change in the status of Cyprus which was officially annexed by Great Britain. In the years that followed, successive Greek governments preferred not o pose openly th prospect of the island's cession to Greece. Athens undrestood that, given London's strategic interest in Cyprus a favourable solution of the issue was inevitably related with the satisfaction of British strategic interests in the wider Eastern Mediterranean region. In other words, the prospect of the creation of British military bases on Cyprus in the event that London actually consented to the island's union with Greec was not rejected on the part of Athens on the contrary, it was seen as a necessary sacrifice in order to serve the final goal of Enosis.