The President of Cyprus, Mr. Glafkos Clerides, arrived in Athens, Greece, on Friday (23 August)?
SV Clerides walking form Athens airport building
SV Clerides into car
SV PAN Car leaves
SV Mavros out of car and into foreign ministry building
LV Karamanlis waves to crowd and into ministry to applause
CU Karamanlis shaking hands with Mavres
SV Cyprus Ambassador being greeted by officials
SV Clerides shaking hands with Karamanlis land walks to conference table
LV Delegates seated with Karamanlis at head of table
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Background: The President of Cyprus, Mr. Glafkos Clerides, arrived in Athens, Greece, on Friday (23 August) for talks with the Greek Government on the shaping of a common policy for handling the crisis in Cyprus. The talks began in the evening at the Foreign Ministry, and the Greek ministers present included the Prime Minister, Mr. Constantine Karamanlis, and the Foreign Minister, Mr. George Mavros. Also taking part were the Cypriot Ambassador to Greece, Mr. Nicos Kranidiotis, and the Greek Ambassador to Cyprus, Mr. Michael Doundas.
The next day (Saturday), Mr. Mavros told newsmen that greece was ready to accept the Soviet Union's plan for solving the Cyprus problem, which called for a withdrawal of all foreign troops form the island. He made the announcement at an Athens Hotel, with President Clerides sitting Next to him.
The Soviet plan, which was put forward on Thursday, proposed that the deadlocked Geneva conference on Cyprus be replaced by an enlarged United Nations sponsored conference of the fifteen Security Council members and other interested states. These would include Greece, Turkey and representatives of the Greek and Turkish communities in Cyprus.
While Britain was continuing diplomatic efforts to revive the talks in Geneva, the Soviet plan was published and circulated at U.N. head-quarters as a council document. Mr. Clerides told the newsmen at the hotel news conference that the British had not been able to do anything.
Mr. Mavros said that Greece would now refer the matter to the United Nations. the Soviet Ambassador in Athens would be told of Greece's decision on monday (26 August). Mr. Mavros said that the leader of the island's Turkish-Cypriot community, Mr. Rauf Denktash, was "a prisoner of the Turks". If this had not been so, it would have been easy for him and Mr. Clerides to reach a solution.
Mr. Clerides agreed that he and Mr. Denktash could have reached a solution within a month. But he added "We will not negotiate before a fait accompli - the Turks must pull back to the positions they held on August 9. Secondly, the Greek-Cypriot refugees must be allowed to return to their homes."
SYNOPSIS: The President of Cyprus, Mr. Glafkos Clerides, arrived in Athens on Friday for talks with the Greek Government on shaping a common policy for handling the Cyprus crisis. It is believed that Prior to ??? talks, he was ready to accept a fe???ral solution for the island, but only under certain conditions. As it turned out however, the talks produced a more dramatic result.
An early arrival for the first round of discussions was Mr. George Mavros, the Greek Foreign Minister. He was shortly followed by the Prime Minister, Mr. Constantine Karamanlis. Also present during the talks were the Cypriot Ambassadc to Greece, Mr. Nicos Kranidiotis, an the Greek Ambassador to Cyprus, Mr. Michael Doundas. The following day, Saturday, Mr. Mavros announced that Greece was ready to accept the Soviet plan for solving the Cyprus problem.
This plan, published on Thursday, proposed that the deadlocked Geneva talks on Cyprus, should be replaced by an enlarged United Nations sponsored conference of the fifteen Security Council members and other interested states. Also Greece, Turkey, and representatives of the Greek and Turkish communities on the island. On Saturday, Mr. Mavros said that Greece would now refer the matter to the United Nations.