In any case, would we contemplate the potential achieve from an association whereby we obtained Bulgarian co-operation (supplied, in fact, that we didn’t thereby lose Greek friendship) definitely worth the cession of the Island of Cyprus, which, in view of developments within the Japanese Mediterranean, together with the air path to India and Australia and the completion of the pipe line to Haifa, has assumed a particular strategic significance?
The final impression I’ve gained from numerous conversations is that the reply is “no”.
Even had Swire’s thought been accepted in knowledgeable however unofficial circles in London it might not have been common within the International Workplace, nor maybe even in Sofia. When the Bulgarian newspaper, Mir, raised the query of the Aegean a yr later, a International Workplace official in London minuted,‘The Bulgarians proceed to harp slightly vaguely on the injustice of the Treaty. Nobody sympathises with their declare to an Aegean port so long as they proceed to demand full sovereignty over it.’38 A number of months later the identical official famous in a memorandum recording a dialog with the British minister in Sofia, ‘The King [of Bulgaria — RJC] has not too long ago advised Mr Bentinck that he didn’t regard the query of the Aegean outlet as precise.’
The notion of exchanging Cyprus for the Aegean coast
The notion of exchanging Cyprus for the Aegean coast was wildly impractical and was by no means acted upon. The same destiny awaited one other scheme put ahead by Swire to the International Workplace at a time when a lot of Europe, together with Britain, had already been plunged into the horrors of the Second World Struggle.
In an article for the Quarterly Evaluate in the summertime of 1939 Swire famous that within the First World Struggle ‘bands of irregulars directed by the Normal Workers and financed by the Austro-Hungarian Legation in Sofia repeatedly tried to destroy the railway line upon which the Serbs depended for provides from their allies by means of Salonika…’
What had occurred in a single conflict may simply, in Swire’s energetic creativeness, occur in one other. Within the spring of 1940, due to this fact, Swire contacted ‘Jock’ Balfour, since 1938 connected to the School of Imperial Defence. The results of these contacts was that Swire submitted the next confidential memorandum to the International Workplace.