The new Prime Minister of Greece, Mr. Constantine Karamanlis, spoke to the Greek nation on?
The new Prime Minister of Greece, Mr. Constantine Karamanlis, spoke to the Greek nation on Thursday (25 July) on the national radio and television network. During the broadcast he explained the reasons for his return to Greece after several years in voluntary exile and also spoke about the necessity for political change, giving an outline of his aims and objectives.
Mr. Karamanlis said that a solution to the Cyprus crisis was the new civilian government's first priority and that when this had been achieved it could then concern itself with the country's urgent domestic problems. These include the restoration of parliamentary democracy, abolished in April 1967 when the army seized power. He also warned Greeks of the risks which political changes in the country would create:
"The transitory stage between dictatorship and the full restoration of democracy is always critical", he said, "in order to benefit from it we need political maturity."
The 67-year-old premier, who formerly held office as civilian Prime Minister until 1963, spoke as talks between Greece , Britain and Turkey were due to start in Geneva on plans to secure peace in Cyprus, following the past week of conflict between Greeks on the island.
It is expected that a new constitution for Greece will be drafted to form the basis for future political developments and that the new government will set a date for elections to obtain a popular mandate when the situation in Greece is stabilised.