Mr. Dimos Demetrious, the Foreign Minister of the military junta which seized power in Cyprus?
Mr. Dimos Demetrious, the Foreign Minister of the military junta which seized power in Cyprus on Monday (15 July) spoke to reporters at a pres conference in Nicosia on Friday (19 July).
He said that the links between Cyprus and Greece are very close but that the "constitutional order" on the island had not changed. He also sated that inter-communal talks between the Greek and Turkish communities on the island would continue and that nothing had changed in regard to 'Enosis' (union with Greece).
The streets of Nicosia were calm but tense on Friday as soldiers of the 10,000-strong Greek Cypriot National Guard manned roadblocks, searched cars and kept their tanks stationed at key crossroads.
Government buildings -- pock-marked with bullet and shell holes -- were guarded by heavy troop detachments armed with machine guns in sand-bagged positions on the rooftops. Public transport had not been restored and taxis were the only means of moving about.
Tourists stranded by the coup were starting to leave Cyprus on Friday, when Nicosia airport re-opened.