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.
GV Junta Cabinet meets (2 shots) (mute and black and white)
SV EXT. Greek leaders leave Cabinet meeting including Spryro Markezinis former Premier.
SV PAN Other leaders leave.
SV People in street celebrate Junta fall. (2 shots)
SV PAN General Gratcs arrives for second cabinet meeting.
SV PAN UP EXT. Building in Paris.
CU INT. Karamanlis speaks to Pressmen in Greek and English "Pray for me..... (translator speaks to newsmen)
SV King Constantine and wife arrive at Claridges and speak with newsmen.
Constantine walks into hotel.
The following is a transcription of that interview:-
REPORTER: "Could we have a word with you Sir. You can't tell us what you think f the situation?"
KING CONSTANTINE: "I thing it's a very big improvement."
REPORTER: "Are you likely to be going back you think?"
CONSTANTINE; "Well, we'll have to wait and see. I've heard that there were a lot of political prisoners released."
REPORTER: "Yes, they have and the head of the Secret police has been arrested."
CONSTANTINE: "I'm delighted that they've been released. It's a very great improvement and I'm very happy for my country. I'm sorry, that's all I can say."
Initials VS 23.56 VS 0.24
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Background: 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.