President Tito of Yugoslavia has told Turkish President Fahri Koroturk, that Cyprus should not be divided because this would cause unforeseeable problems.
GV President Tito (in front) and other officials off plane and meeting Turkish officials
SV PAN FROM Flag bearer TO Tito on reviewing stand
SV Guard of honour
SV Tito reviews guard of honour
SV Tito receiving bouquet
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: President Tito of Yugoslavia has told Turkish President Fahri Koroturk, that Cyprus should not be divided because this would cause unforeseeable problems. President Tito said that from the beginning of the Cyprus crisis in July 1974, Yugoslavia has been against attempts to divide the island because nothing would be solved in that way.
SYNOPSIS: The Yugoslav President arrived in Ankara on Tuesday on a three-day official visit. His talks with Turkish leaders would cover the Greco-Turkish dispute over Cyprus, Balkan cooperation and the international situation. The 84-year-old Yugoslav leader's visit is his first to Turkey for nearly 22 years, and comes a month after he had talks with Greek leaders. In a brief airport speech, he said Yugoslavia was ready to do all it could to help Turkey and Greece settle their differences. Relations between the two allies of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation have been strained following the 1974 Turkish invasion of Cyprus. Turkey now controls nearly 40 per cent of the island which President Koroturk insists should become a bi-zonal federation. The Turkish Foreign Ministry has said it was unlikely that President Tito would act as a mediator int he dispute, but he would be able to give Turkey some insight into Greek thinking on Cyprus. The visit to Turkey is seen as President Tito's latest move to boost the status of "non-aligned" countries in advance of the Non-Aligned summit in Colombo this August.