The President of Cyprus, Glafkos Clerides announced his accepta???e of a ceasefire on the island?
SV Newsmen and soldiers outside conference building
SV Newsman interviewing Clerides asks questions
CLERIDES: It would be extremely difficult for us to hold completely the turkish advance. We are only a small country. We have a very small force in the National Guard. the Turks are using aircraft, heavy tanks, artillery and what has been achieved so far in slowing their advance has been done by the courage of the Greek Cypriots who are serving int he National Guard.
REPORTER: Have you asked any country for help in dealing with the Turks?
CLERIDES: We have asked every country to help us to stop the Turkish advance.
REPORTER: But military help?
CLERIDES: We have ask for political pressure and we have asked the guarantors, that is to say Great Britain and Greece, to fulfil their obligations under the Treaty of Guarantee. In our view, the Treaty of guarantee imposes the obligation f the guarantors to respect the territorial integrity of Cyprus. We feel that the Turkish invasion has violated the territorial integrity of Cyprus and that the guarantors have their responsibility to take appropriate action.
REPORTER: You mean military action? Do you think Britain and Greece should take military action against turkey?
CLERIDES: I think that if diplomatic action does not bring about the required result then they're justified in taking military action.
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Background: The President of Cyprus, Glafkos Clerides announced his accepta???e of a ceasefire on the island from six p.m. local time on Friday (16 August).
The President agreed to the ceasefire proposed by the Turkish Government in Ankara a few hours before in a broadcast over Nicosia Radio.
Earlier Mr. Clerides praised the efforts of the Cyprus National Guard in delaying the advance of Turkish forces.