The former Greek Depute Premier and Foreign Minister, Mr. George Mavros, said on Tuesday (12?
The former Greek Depute Premier and Foreign Minister, Mr. George Mavros, said on Tuesday (12 November) that no partition of Cyprus would be accepted because it would lead to the end of the island's independence.
He was addressing a large rally of supporters in a main square in Athens, which had been organised by the Centre Union-New Forces Party, which he leads. More than one hundred thousand people thronged the square, cheering and singing Greek songs.
Mr. Mavros told his audience that "no partition, direct or indirect, of the island will be accepted because it will lead to the abolition of the independence of the island". He said that the crisis in Cyprus could not be solved by Athens and Ankara, but only by "an agreement between the Greek and Turkish-Cypriot communities following free negotiations".
He said the Centre Union New Forces Party supported Archbishop Makarios, who should return to Cyprus.
The Party is expected to come second to the New Democracy Party of Prime Minister Constantine Karamanlish in the parliamentary elections to be held on Sunday (17 November).
Mr. Mavros, aged 65, is a liberal politician who was jailed and banished several times by the military junta. He said his party would work to make Greece a full member of the European Economic Community (EEC).
SYNOPSIS: At an election rally in Athens on Tuesday, a large crowd was in a jubilant mood as they greeted the main speaker, Mr. George Mavros.
Mr. Mavros, the former Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister of Greece, leads the Centre Union-New Forces Party. The party is expected to come second in next Sunday's General Election, to the New Democracy Party, led by Prime Minister Constantine Karamanlis.
More than one hundred thousand people crammed into the squre. They heard Mr. Mavros attack the proposal that cyprus should be partitioned. He said the island would then lose its independence.
Mr. Mavros said that partition, direct or indirect, would not be accepted. He said the crisis in Cyprus could not be solved by Athens and Ankara, but only by an agreement between the Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot communities. Mr. Varos said his party supported the return of archbishop Makarios.