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    GV TURKEY: United Nations Secretary General Mr. Kurt Waldheim arrives in Istanbul

    SV TRACKING SHOT Guard of honour

    G Mr. Waldheim reviews guard of honour

    SV Janissaries march past with band (2 shots)

    SV & GV Mr. Waldheim watching parade (2 shots)

    CU GREECE: Andreas Papandreou makes statement in English

    PAPANDREOU: "It is very clear that the Prime Minister who was responsible for invasion of Cyprus is hardly the man to lead to appeasement in the area and we, the Greeks, look ahead to the next few months, to very difficult developments. We should like also, as a position in Greece, to make it very clear to Mr. Ecevit that Greece is not prepared to yield any of its own territory and any ground. It has no aggressive intent vis-a-vis Turkey, but it will not compromise and it will not sell out any of its rights in the Aegean and it will continue to fight for the independence, non-alignment and the unity of the Republic of Cyprus."

    Mr. Ecevit and Mr. Waldheim were due to meet on Sunday in Ankara and to discuss, in addition to the Cyprus problem, related questions of disputes between Turkey and Greece over the Aegean Sea and of Turkish-US relations which have suffered since the 1974 military action in Cyprus, according to Reuters News Agency. The deadlock over Cyprus has affected Turkey's relationship with Western allies and the United States has restricted military aid since 1974.

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    Background: The United Nations Secretary General Dr. Kurt Waldheim expressed cautious optimism about the prospects of a solution to the Cyprus question after his arrival in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Sunday (8 January) for talks with the new Turkish government. Mr. Waldheim said after meeting Turkey's Foreign Minister Mr. Gunduz Okcun that there was "good will and great interest" in a settlement on all sides. He said he hoped, after talks in Turkey and later in Athens and Cyprus, it would soon be possible to resume the negotiating process. But in Greece, a note of doubt on hopes of any settlement has been sounded by Opposition leader Andreas Papandreou, President of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement.

    SYNOPSIS: Mr. Waldheim arrived at Istanbul's Yesilkoy Airport on Saturday (7 January) for two days of talks with Turkey's new Prime Minister Mr. Bulent Ecevit. Tough talking lies ahead on the thorny issue of divided Cyprus, but first there was a formal welcome.

    After the ceremonies, Mr. Waldheim was to travel to Ankara. He has been closely involved in efforts to revive talks between Greek and Turkish Cypriots. The island has been divided since the Turkish invasion of 1974 which followed a short-lived coup d'etat against Archbishop Makarios aimed at union with Greece. The Turkish government says its new Cyprus policy is based on equality of national communities on the island. But in Greece, doubts over settlement hopes have been expressed by Opposition leader Andreas Papandreou.

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