• Short Summary

    The Cyprus war on Tuesday (23 July) precipitated the fall of the Greek military Junta and the recalling of former Greek Premier, Constantine Karamanlis, from exile in Paris.

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    The Cyprus war on Tuesday (23 July) precipitated the fall of the Greek military Junta and the recalling of former Greek Premier, Constantine Karamanlis, from exile in Paris.

    The Greek military leaders, their troops mobilised for possible war with Turkey over Cyprus, relinquished power and invited the country's former civilian leaders to form a government.

    The junta leader, General Phaedon Gizikis, summond all political leaders to attend an open all-party meeting at the Presidency in Athens to discuss the Cyprus crisis. Immediately afterwards, it was announced that Constantine Karamanlis, who led the country from 1955 to 1963, would be invited back to form a now civilian government.

    The news of the end of military rule after seven years, filled the streets of Athens with cheering crowds. Banners and chants hailed the return of democracy and the respected former Prim Minister Karamanlis.

    At his apartment in Paris, where he retired in self-imposed exile in 1963, the former Greek Premier gave some indication of how he felt about returning to Greece to form a new government when he told newsmen "Boys, pray for me".

    In London, ex-King Constantine said on Wednesday (24 July) that he hoped to return to Greece soon. The 34-year-old former King called on Britain's Queen Elizabeth, his cousin, at Buckingham Palace. When he returned to Claridges Hotel with his wife, he spoke briefly with newsmen outside the hotel.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1KASUMU5CFLTF9YZJ4YJM92KU
    Media URN:
    VLVA1KASUMU5CFLTF9YZJ4YJM92KU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/07/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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