London became a forum for discussion of the Cyprus situation on Wednesday (17 July) with the arrival of deposed president Archbishop Makarios and the Turkish Prime Minister, Bulent Ecevit.
GV Turkish Prime Minister down aircrft steps and greeted.
SV PAN Prime Minister walks scross tarmac.
LV Policeman with dog.
SCU Turkish P.M. Speaks.
SV PAN Prime Minister leaves airport.
SV PAN Crowd and police in Downing Street.
SV Archbishop Makarios and Mr. Wilson emerge from No.10 and shake hands.
SV Greek flag on building.
SV PAN Greek sign
SCU INTERIOR George Grivas Portrait.
SCU Reporter interviews Mr. Palos
"We have appealed to the government of Britain for joint action. We haven't made a similar appeal to the Greek Government because we regard them--as so many people in the world do--as the instigators of the intervention against the independent state of Cyprus. We hope we will achieve results in these talks with our friends and allies, the British which contribute to the establishment of peace and stability in Cyprus and the world."
QUESTION: "Mr. Kalos, apart from your proclaimed desire for union with Greece, what was the reason for the coup in Cyprus at this time?
KALOS: "It was quite evident that the situation in Cyprus was reaching the stages of despair. The police tactical reserve force and Makarios's para-military troops were so oppressive that it was evident that this was coming about."
QUESTION: How do you think, Mr. Sampson plans to deal with with the Turkish minority on the island?
KALOS: "The Turks are Cypriots; the Turks are a part of Cyprus; they are human beings, and they have to be connected."
QUESTION: As part of Greece?
KALOS: "If that is the will of the people, the majority of the people, why not?"
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Background: London became a forum for discussion of the Cyprus situation on Wednesday (17 July) with the arrival of deposed president Archbishop Makarios and the Turkish Prime Minister, Bulent Ecevit.
Archbishop Makarios---still recognised as president of Cyprus by British--held talks with Prime Minister Harold Wilson at Downing Street, three hours after his arrival at Lyneham Royal Air Force Base west of London.
About 1000 Greek Cypriots gave the Archbishop a noisy welcome to Downing Street and followed him to his hotel where he met Greece's deposed King Constantine.
Archbishop Makarios reportedly asked Mr. Wilson to take diplomatic action to restore his position in Cyprus, but did not ask for any intervention by force. The deposed President later met the Foreign Secretary, James Callaghan for an hour's talks. He planned to fly to New york on Thursday (18 July) to address the United Nations Security Council.
Later in the day, Turkish Prime Minister Ecevit began talks with Mr. Wilson and Mr. Callaghan soon after arriving in London.
With his country's troops preparing for possible intervention in the Cyprus crisis, mr. Ecevit told newsmen "we are after a peaceful settlement".
The Turkish Premier was accompanied by Defence Minister Hasan Isik, who was also acting as Foreign Minister.
While the diplomatic discussion was going on at Downing Street a spokesman for the "Coordinating Movement for the union of Cyprus with Greece" claimed that life under Archbishop Makarios had reached "the stages of despair". Mr. Kyriacos Palos whose movement supports the Cyprus coup leader, Nicos Sampson, spoke to reporter, Norman Lebrecht, at his organisation's north London offices.
SYNOPSIS: Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit arrived in London on Wednesday for talks with Prime Minister Harold Wilson on the Cyprus situation. He was accompanied by Defence Minister Hasan Isik. With his country's troops preparing for possible intervention in the Cyprus crisis, Mr. Ecevit told newsmen he was seeking a peaceful settlement.
Mr. Ecevit went straight on to Downing Street, where a few hours earlier, Prime Minister Harold Wilson had talks with deposed Cypriot President Archbishop Makarios. A large crowd of Greek Cypriots gave the Archbishop a noisy reception as he emerged from Number Ten after the talks.
Archbishop Makarios---who is still recognised as the President of Cyprus by Britain---reportedly asked the British Prime Minister to help restore his position. But he apparently did not ask for intervention by force. He also requested that Britain refuse to recognise the Cyprus coup leader, Nicos Sampson.
Meanwhile in North London, a supporter of the new Cyprus leader spoke critically of life under Archbishop Makarios. Mr. Kyriacos palos was speaking to reporter Norman Lebrecht on behalf of the Co-ordinating Movement for the Union of Cyprus with Greece.