The Turkish and British Prime Ministers ended crisis talks on the Cyprus situation on Thursday (18 July) by agreeing to keep in close touch on the consequences of Monday's coup.
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ECEVIT: "While still at the stage of seeking a peaceful solution, I don't want to talk about other alternatives, although as I said before, we are prepared for any eventuality. What happened, in effect, in Cyprus, was the use of force -- we must never forget that -- a humanitarian responsibility above all to the Turkish community on the island who are held there as hostages, without any access to sea or air. All the ports are under the control of the Greeks. They have closed down Nicosia airport for several days, but it was open to airplanes coming from Greece carrying God known who -- hundreds of people every day, and yet the Turkish community there hasn't access to anywhere. So we must be ready for any eventuality, but primarily we are seeking a peaceful solution."
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This film shows scenes in Istanbul and an interview with Prime Minister Ecevit in London. Here is a transcript.
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Background: The Turkish and British Prime Ministers ended crisis talks on the Cyprus situation on Thursday (18 July) by agreeing to keep in close touch on the consequences of Monday's coup. An announcement after the discussions between Turkey's leader, Mr. Bulent Ecevit and Britain's Mr. harold Wilson said the two leaders had expressed concern at recent events on the island which led to the overthrow of President Makarios.
Meantime, in Turkey, the country's armed forces were put on full alert. News of the coup and its subsequent events were widely reported and read in newspapers. Strict security is in force in Istanbul and newsmen attempting to film military preparations have been prevented from doing so.