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Israel Offers Aid to Cypriote War Victims; Avoids Taking Sides

Israel has offered relief help to Cyprus, but has been careful to avoid taking sides in the armed conflict between the island’s Greek and Turkish communities, it was indicated here today.

The offer was made in a cable sent by President Zalman Shazar to Archbishop Makarios, president of Cyprus. The message was in reply to pleas by Archbishop Makarios last week for action to halt Turkish military attacks against Cyprus. President Makarios had sent similar requests to the leaders of many other countries.

In his reply, President Shazar said that the Israeli Ambassador in Nicosia had been instructed to make urgent inquiries as to whether Israel could help in relief efforts.