Greek Defence Minister Evangelos Averoff-Tositsas on Friday (28 February) denied opposition allegations that the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and the United States Pentagon planned an attempted Army coup that was foiled last Monday.
SCU Minister Averoff seated in press room
SCU Averoff speaking
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: AVEROFF: "I heard and read that tanks had moved through....that the school of cadets had moved.....seventy new arrests instead of thirty-seven. Of course I was under arrest from one or the other side. I was in the plot. The coup was to hand Karamanlis and Makarios and many other things which with the seriousness you have had during all your work here -- I can't understand how they were transmitted. Today we had a long discussion in chamber -- you will see the minuets -- it was a frank and open discussion and I can once were assure you that nothing, but nothing except what was officially announced, was true. The arrests were thirty-six....one more which was deported.....thirty-seven. Two more new arrests have taken place since Monday. That's all from the point of view of arrests."
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EDITORS NOTE: This film includes a segment of Mr. Averoff's speech to newsmen.
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Background: Greek Defence Minister Evangelos Averoff-Tositsas on Friday (28 February) denied opposition allegations that the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and the United States Pentagon planned an attempted Army coup that was foiled last Monday.
Speaking at a news conference, he also said that many reports of the attempted coup were "clearly exaggerated" and the officials version of events was the correct one. He told the reporters of latest developments in the investigation.