American correspondent L Wagh interviews Archbishop Makarios of Athens on the Cyprus Question. In Nicosia, the Governor of Cyprus John Harding talks about the British government's involvement.
Officials arrive at the offices of the British Governor of Cyprus. ArchBishop Makarios II, Leader of the Greek Cypriots in the movement for enosis (union with Greece), arrives and ascends steps into building. He is seen being greeted by Sir John Harding, the Governor of Cyprus.
Operations aboard the U.S. aircraft carrier, USS Essex (CVA-9) during amphibious deployment of U.S. Marines to Beirut, Lebanon, in 1958. Sailor writes information on plexiglass board as he receives it through headset earphones. Sailors monitor radar scopes. Room is dimly lit and light reflects off their faces as they receive information and converse on interphone. Radar man, holds mike and speaks a while monitoring scope. Navigator plots positions on a navigation chart in chart room aboard the USS Essex. Chart and notes indicate the ship's position in the Mediterranean, as 270 miles from Nicosia, Cyprus, and 480 miles from Beirut, Lebanon. (Note on chart states that flight over Cyprus is prohibited.)
Greek- Turkish feud leads to uneasy conditions in Cyprus. Greek students during a demonstration against British and United States proposals that NATO troops help maintain a truce between Greeks and Turks. Students with banners angrily demonstrate on roads. President of Cyprus addresses a crowd. The United States embassy in Cyprus where bombs were thrown. A man inspects the damage to equipment and building. Cars and jeeps damaged by bombs thrown on U.S. ans British embassies. United States evacuates its citizens from Cyprus. People climb stairs to get into a United States airplane.
Egyptian nationalization of the Suez Canal leads to war as Israel attacks Egypt, and France and Britain embark troops for transport to a joint staging area at the island of Cyprus. View of commercial ships in the Suez canal. Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser. in discussion with officials. French troops embarking a transport ship in the port of Marseille, France. Brief glimpse of their destination port at Cyprus. British troops boarding airliners to take them to Cyprus where they will reinforce the existing British garrison. British and French carriers and warships assembling in the Eastern Mediterranean sea. A flight of four British Hawker Hunter jet fighter-bombers are seen flying in formation. Closeup of one inflight, with rockets mounted beneath its wings. Closeup of a rocket under its right wing. Scene shifts to another Hawker Hunter armed differently. It displays four outer wing rocket rails on each wing, carrying three rockets each. Auxiliary fuel tanks are installed on pylons under each wing. View of the White House in Washington DC. Inside, United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles discuss the Suez situation. Next, speaking at a press conference, President Eisenhower states , "the Unite States was not consulted in any way about any phase of these actions, nor were we informed about them in advance." He asserts America's intent not to become involved and to bring the matter before the UN General Assembly where their is no threat of a veto. He states his intent to "keep in contact with Congressional leaders of both parties," and expresses hope that the United Nations can bring an end to this "tormenting problem." View of the United Nations General Assembly building in New York City. Inside U.S. Secretary of State, Dulles, is seen seated next to America's UN ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. Glimpse of the General assembly with all delegates seated.
The Cyprus Riots in Cyprus. The British strive to preserve law and order. Hanging of two Cypriot rebels brings violence in the city. Rioters and British troops battle on streets. Troops throw tear gas bombs. The rioters held captive by British troops.