Friday, December 24, 2010

Getting it Wrong - Martin Packard introduces his book on Cyprus in the early 60s

"Getting it Wrong - Fragments from a Cyprus Diary 1964" by Martin Packard, provides unique and critical reportage of events in Cyprus in 1964 (

In this video, recorded in April 2009 following publication of his book, Martin Packard introduces himself and provides a general account of what happened in Cyprus back in 1963,4 and explains how that is still relevant in 2009.

Martin Packard had been sent on a unique mission to Cyprus by the British Government in early 1964 to work with leaders on the island in their efforts to ease tensions there following the outbreak of intercommunal violence during December 1963.

The story told in this book, originally suppressed by the British government, has wide application in highlighting the difference between the formalising of barriers through sterile peacekeeping and the breaking of barriers through creative peacekeeping.

Unlike subsequent efforts at mediation, the process described in the book was successful because it was answerable to the Cypriots rather than to any outside power.

Comments about the Book:
  • "We the soldiery could never have attempted what you and your team were doing" Field Marshall Sir Ronald Gibbs GCB
  • "A fascinating story of a unique operation." Sir Cyril Pickard KCMG
  • "Personal testimony of fundamental importance for the vital year 1964" Costas Karras
  • "Long Overdue and very significant." Malcolm Harper CMG
Further video clips and write-ups about Martin Packard and the book are detailed at:

The book is available now from Author House | 978-1-4343-7065-5 (SC ISBN)
0800 197 4150 (UK) | 888 280 7715 (USA)
This book can be ordered through all local booksellers or preferred online retailers

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