Slogans of support for the new regime in Cyprus appeared on streets and buildings in Athens on Tuesday (July 16), although the Greek Government in an official statement said events there were an internal affair.
GV Athens street and EOKA scribbled on wall by newstand
SV Slogans on pavement.
SV EOKA initials on building.
SV Newspaper photo of newly-proclaimed Cyprus President.
GV man carrying bundle of newspapers past street stand and more papers arriving (2 shots).
CU Newspaper headline about Cyprus.
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Background: Slogans of support for the new regime in Cyprus appeared on streets and buildings in Athens on Tuesday (July 16), although the Greek Government in an official statement said events there were an internal affair.
The initials of the guerrilla group which supported independence from Britain, EOKA, were scribbled on pavements and walls, along with other messages of support for the coup.
Greece, which had remained silent until today, announced it would respect the independence and territorial integrity of Cyprus following yesterday's coup. The statement by Foreign Minister Mr. Constantine Kypraios followed accusations by Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus that the coup was engineered by the Greek Government.
Greek newspapers have reported the coup and carried a photograph of the newly-proclaimed President, Nicos Sampson, but have not offered comment on the situation.
Greece's armed forces were in a state of preparedness as the Greek Government weighed Turkish reaction to events in Cyprus.
SYNOPSIS: Although official Greek reaction to the coup in Cyprus was slow in coming, messages of support for the overthrow of Archbishop Makarios appeared i Athens within hours.
Slogans were scrawled on pavements and buildings proclaiming the new regime and the EOKA movement which had fought for independence form Britain.
The Greek Government, in its first official reaction, pledged it would respect the independence and territorial integrity of Cyprus.
As Greek newspapers carried photographs of the new-proclaimed President of Cyprus - Nicos Sampson, the Greek Government declared the events were an internal affair.
Newspapers in Greece had reported the coup but generally played it down. Archbishop Makarios had accused the Greek Government of engineering the overthrow. Turkey echoed the accusation, and Greece's armed forces were reported to be in a state of preparedness as Turkish reaction to the coup was weighed.