Early in the Cyprus Emergency, Governor John Harding and Archbishop Makarios began a series of negotiations aimed at bringing about a peaceful resolution to the violence. The contentious discussions centered on two divisive issues: the political autonomy of a Cyprus freed from British rule, and the position of Turkey on the island. Though it seemed to both official and unofficial circles that a negotiated agreement was within reach, a last minute display of brinksmanship by Makarios derailed the potential agreement. Harding ordered the Archbishop’s arrest and focused on coercive measures against Greek-Cypriot nationalists. Makarios was taken into exile and violence on Cyprus escalated to new heights. The failure of dialogue condemned Cyprus to further years of war and conflict and highlighted the apparently irreconcilable political divisions which would plague the island for decades to come.