In a candid and courageous speech on Thursday night (15 august), the Greek Prime Minister, Mr.
In a candid and courageous speech on Thursday night (15 august), the Greek Prime Minister, Mr. Constantine Karamanlis, told his countrymen that it was impossible for them to make war on turkey in Cyprus. The distance between Greece and the island made military intervention impossible, he explained.
In a nationwide radio and television broadcast, Mr. Karamanlis told the Greek people that when the took over as head of a civilian government, he had to face dramatic difficulties and was confronted with a fait accomp as far as Cyprus was concerned. Mr. Karamanlis went on to say that the regime in Athens was forced to accept the tragic situation and take part in the Geneva peace takes on Cyprus.
His address was delivered as relations between Athens and Washington appeared to be worsening rapidly. It was confirmed that day that Greece had declined an invitation from the US Secretary of State, Dr. Kissinger, for the Greek Foreign Minister, George Mavros, to go to Washington for talk.
Anti-American feeling has also been revived. Many Greeks believe that the US could have prevented Turkey from seizing one third of Cyprus. In Athens, Greek and Greek Cypriot students demonstrated outside the US Embassy on Thursday in protest at the US policy over Cyprus, singling Dr. Kissinger out for particular criticism.
SYNOPSIS: The Greek Prime Minister, Mr. Constantine Karamanlis, made a candid and courageous speech on Thursday night. As Turkish troops were pushing further across Cyprus Mr. Karamanlis told his countrymen it was impossible for them to make war on the Turks there. The distance between Greece and the island made military intervention impossible.
His address, broadcast nationwide, blamed the country's former military rulers for the Cyprus debacle. When his civilian government came to power, He said it was confronted by a fait accompli and was forced to accept the tragic situation and take part in the Geneva peace talks.
Mr. Karamanlis claimed his civilian government's diplomatic initiatives had isolated Turkey in the eyes of the world.
In Athens Greek and Greek-Cypriot students demonstrated outside the US Embassy on Thursday in protest at the US policy over Cyprus.
Anti-American feeling in Greece has grown as relations between Athens and Washington have apparently worsened. The Greek Government has declined invitations from Dr. Kissinger, and President Ford for meetings in Washington with Greek leaders.