The Cyprus ceasefire agreement was described by Turkish Prime Minister, Bulent Ecevit, on Tuesday (31 July) as a major achievement.
The Cyprus ceasefire agreement was described by Turkish Prime Minister, Bulent Ecevit, on Tuesday (31 July) as a major achievement. Mr. Ecevit told a news conference i Ankara his country wanted lasting friendship with Greece. He said Turkey would strive to build a sound and permanent peace.
He said it was ironical that Turkey should have good relations with all surrounding countries except Greece, which is a NATO ally. "We should either cease our co-operation within the framework of that alliance or we should co-operate fully. We would certainly prefer the second alternative, 'the Prime Minister said.
Mr. Ecevit also revealed that Turkey intends to quickly develop the strip of territory it seized during the three day invasion of Cyprus earlier this month. A second round of Cyprus peace talks is planned between Turkey, Greece and Britain. Mr. Ecevit declined to discuss Turkish proposals for the second phase, which will cover the island's political future. The Prime Minister's handling of the crisis has brought him immense prestige in Turkey.
About three hundred Greek Cypriot and Greek prisoners captured during the Cyprus operation were moved to Adana jail in southern Turkey on Wednesday (1 August). Blindfolded and hands bound, the prisoners were ferried to the port of Mersin and driven to Adana in a heavily guarded convoy. A Greek captain told reporters they had been treated properly and according to the terms of the Geneva convention. Reporters were allowed into the jail the following day and they reported conditions were good.
Turkey claims to have taken 783 prisoners during the Cyprus operation.