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Martin Bell's first taste of conflict

AS A veteran war correspondent, Martin Bell has reported from across the globe, but it was Cyprus that gave him his first taste of conflict

Martin Bell's first taste of conflict

Now 80, a former MP and an OBE recipient, Mr Bell was a teenage conscript with the Suffolk Regiment when he served in Cyprus from October 1957 to May 1959 – “until after a settlement”, he said,  referring to the signing of the 1959 Zurich and London Agreements that founded the ill-fated “Republic of Cyprus”, only for it to collapse amid intercommunal clashes in December 1963.

Heading a 26-strong group of British tourists, he last week took a stroll down his personal memory lane on the “enchanted island” – the place he once described as “the best education I ever had”, and for which he considers subsequent partition “tragic”.


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