U.S. President Jimmy Carter's special envoy clark Clifford has completed the first stage of his?
U.S. President Jimmy Carter's special envoy clark Clifford has completed the first stage of his eastern Mediterranean fact finding tour which began in Greece at the end of last week. The 70-year-old former Defence Secretary held talks with Greek leaders on Friday (18 February) aimed at mending relations between Greece and Turkey, whose disagreements threaten NATO's defences in the area. Greece withdrew from NATO's military wing when Turkey invaded Cyprus in 1974 and occupied some 40 per cent of the island.
SYNOPSIS: Greek premier Constantine Karamanlis was given a personal message from President Carter at the start of the two hour talks at the Prime Minister's office in Athens. Foreign Minister Dimitrios Bitsios also took part.
The talks followed last week's agreement by Greek and Turkish Cypriots to resume talks in Vienna next month. Afterwards Mr Clifford described his mission.