The coup in Cyprus caused immediate reaction in Turkey. On Monday (July 15) the Government?
The coup in Cyprus caused immediate reaction in Turkey. On Monday (July 15) the Government asked Britain for immediate negotiations aimed at reaching agreement on joint action. Unlike Greece, where the coup was not widely reported and the fate of President Makarios not mentioned, newspapers in Turkey gave the story full treatment.
Troops were placed around the Greek Consulate in Istanbul in case of demonstrations, but overall the situation in the city seemed calm.
The Turkish Chief of Staff, General Semih Sancar flew to Ankara for urgent discussions with the Government on the situation.
SYNOPSIS: Unlike Greece, the coup in Cyprus was widely reported in Turkey. Newspapers carried full reports and speculated about the fate of President Makarios.
Guards were placed around the Greek Consulate in Istanbul in case of demonstrations over the coup. So far there have been no reports of trouble, but its expected anti-Greek demonstration could start as the full story of the coup becomes known. The Turkish Chief of Staff, General Semih Sancar flew to Ankara from Istanbul for talks with the Government over the situation.
As new of the coup reached Ankara, the Government started discussions over action. Ambassadors from a number of countries were called After the briefed on the situation. After the discussions the Turkish Government asked Britain for immediate action aimed at reaching Cyprus. The call, coming only hours before President Makarios was due to arrive in Britain, took on new significance. Under the terms of the 1960 guarantee establishing the Cypriot state Britain is required to restore the status quo on the Island.