Dutch Foreign Minister Max Van Der Stoel arrived in Athens yesterday (30 August) -- the first European Minister to visit the new Greek civilian government -- and at once offered his services as emissary between Greece and Turkey in the Cyprus dispute.
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SCU Mavros and other leaders forward
SV Dutch Minister off aircraft and applauded (2 shots)
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CU Mavros at news conference
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SV Dutch Minister talking with Karamanlis and Mavros
"It is with profound emotion that I am returning to Greece. And first of all I want to thank you for this wonderful reception, which has deeply moved me. Nearly exactly six years ago, I left Greece, a Greece under a cruel dictatorship."
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Background: Dutch Foreign Minister Max Van Der Stoel arrived in Athens yesterday (30 August) -- the first European Minister to visit the new Greek civilian government -- and at once offered his services as emissary between Greece and Turkey in the Cyprus dispute.
Chanting, cheering crowds mobbed the Dutch minister at the airport, where Greek Foreign Minister George Mavros led the official welcome. Later came talks with Prime Minister Constantine Karamanlis, and Mr. Van Der Stoel's offer to act as Cyprus go-between.
In the past, Mr. Van Der Stoel has been a notable critic of the military regime in Greece. During a news conference, he referred to his feelings at coming back to a Greece now under civilian rule:
SYNOPSIS: Big crowds joined Greek Foreign Minister George Mavros and other leaders at Athens airport on Friday, to welcome the first European Minister to visit the new civilian Greek government for talks. He's the Dutch foreign Minister Max Van Der Stoel, and he had endeared himself to supporters of the present government by his outspoken criticism of the former Greek military regime.
Mr. Van Der Stoel responded to the warm welcome by offering his services as mediator between greece and Turkey in an effort to find ways of reopening negotiations over Cyprus. He felt it would be helpful if Turkey made some concessions, such as permitting refugees in Cyprus to return to their homes. At a news conference, he described his feelings at returning to a Greece once more under civilian rule:
Later in the two-day visit came a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Constantine Karamanlis. Mr. Van Der Stoel told him that the nine members of the European Economic Community all wanted to help bring about a fair solution of the Cyprus dispute.