Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash has conferred with Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit on the proposals to be put to Greek Cypriots for settling the Cyprus problem.
SV INT. Prime Minister Ecevit (left) and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash seated.
CU Mr. Denktash
CU PULL BACK FROM Mr. Ecevit to show both men seated.
CU Mr. Ecevit speaking in English.
CU Mr. Denktash speaking in English.
ECEVIT: "In spite of his great difficulties, Mr. Denktash is in a very constructive position. But I am afraid I cannot say the same thing for the recent attitude, or the continuing attitude of the Greek community in Cyprus because - some recent statement, official statements, are rather discouraging. I hope that this atmosphere does not continue during the inter-communal talks, and I hope that the constructive attitude of Mr. Denktash will be reciprocated."
DENKTASH: "We need peace in Cyprus because since 1955 we have suffered. We have had no security. We have had no peace. And it is only since 1974 that we have found security and peace in our area. We want cooperation and coordination with the Greek side, and we hope that our proposals will pave the way for a final solution soon."
Mr. Ecevit will be meeting his Greek counterpart, Mr. Constantine Karamanlis, in the Swiss town of Montreaux this weekend (10 and 11 March). An official announcement in Athens, the Greek capital, said the two Premiers will have an exchange of views without any rigid agenda. But the Cyprus question is expected to figure prominently during their discussions.
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Background: Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash has conferred with Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit on the proposals to be put to Greek Cypriots for settling the Cyprus problem. The meeting took place at the Prime Minister's office in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Monday (7 March), after Mr. Denktash had driven straight from the airport to see Mr. Ecevit.
SYNOPSIS: The two men discussed the peace proposals which will be submitted to the Greek side at the end of this month, or early in April.
Mr. Ecevit praised Mr. Denktash for his peace efforts, and hoped the Greek side would reciprocate his "constructiveness".