Thousands of Greek Cypriots crowded outside the Archbishop's Palace in Nicosia on Thursday (8 February) to hear the formal announcement that Archbishop Makarios was unopposed in the forthcoming Presidential election.
GV Crowd outside
SV Officials on balcony
GV Crowds cheering
SV Archbishop Makarios on balcony waving
GV PAN..Cheering crowds
CU & GV Makarios waving, clasping hands in victory sign (2 shots)
GV Crowd listening to Makarios
SV & CU Makarios speaking (3 shots)
CU Makarios speaking as crowds cheer (3 shots)
ARCHBISHOP'S PALACE, NICOSIA; CHEERING CROWDS OUTSIDE; ANNOUNCEMENT OF MAKARIOS BEING UNOPPOSED; MARKARIOS SPEAKING.
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Background: Thousands of Greek Cypriots crowded outside the Archbishop's Palace in Nicosia on Thursday (8 February) to hear the formal announcement that Archbishop Makarios was unopposed in the forthcoming Presidential election.
The Primate-President spoke from a balcony after the announcement -- and described the mass rally as "a many-voiced choir against terrorism". This was a reference to the recent wave of bombings organised by armed groups which the Archbishop linked to General George Grivas, who lead the EOKA organisation in the struggle for independence from Britain.
President Makarios said "The people say 'NO' to terrorism, 'NO' to violence, 'NO' to civil strife." In his speech, which was broadcast live, the Archbishop said civil strife among Greek Cypriots encouraged Turkish plans to partition Cyprus "and it's occupation by Turkey."
He said Cyrpus must remain a unitary, sovereign and independent state. President Makarios has committed his government to reconciliation with the Turkish Cypriot community, after nine years of violent disagreement. But General Grivas, who has been hiding in Cyprus since 1971, has organised a campaign against the Archbishop and in favour of the old cry of ENOSIS -- union with Greece. Both Greek and Turkish governments, however, agree that independence is the best solution for the Cyprus situation, and are currently involved in talks to better the present uneasy status.
SYNOPSIS: Thousands of Greek Cypriots crowded int to he square outside the Archbishop's Palace in Nicosia on Thursday. They were there to hear the official announcement that Archbishop Makarios was not opposed for the Presidential election.
The Archbishop came on the balcony to acknowledge the cheers. He told the crowd they were "a many-voiced choir" against what he called terrorism.
Archbishop Makarios is facing a campaign organised by General George Grivas, the former military leader of the struggle for independence from Britain. General Grivas is again active in Cyprus, organising tactics to back the movement for union with Greece. There has been a series of bomb raids on police stations, which the Archbishop linked with General Grivas.
The archbishop, who'll remain President for another five years, told the crowd that civil strife among Greek Cypriots encouraged Turkish designs to partition the island and occupy it.
He realised that the hearts and souls of Greek Cypriots were forever turned towards Greece. But reality dictated that the island must remain a unitary, sovereign and independent state.