Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito went sightseeing in Athens on Wednesday (12 May) during his four-day official visit to Greece aimed at strengthening bilateral and Blakan relations.
GV Temple Poseidon (2 shots)
GV Tito with official party at temple site
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STV & CU Tito with wife and party at site (2 shots)
GV Temple columns PAN DOWN TO Tito and party
GV Temple & CU Tito taking photographs ZOOM OUT TO GV OF Party (2 shots)
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Background: Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito went sightseeing in Athens on Wednesday (12 May) during his four-day official visit to Greece aimed at strengthening bilateral and Blakan relations.
Later in the day he agreed to mediate between Turkey and Greece over their Ageane Sea rights dispute.
With his wife and delegation, Marshal Tito went to Cape Sounion, at the southernmost tip of Attica, to visit the temple of Poseidon, ancient god of the sea.
President Tito was later guest of honour at a luncheon given by Premier Constantine Karamanlis in the tourist resort of Vouliagmeni.
The Yugoslav leader is understood to have also offered to mediate in the Cyprus crisis as well as the Aegean dispute which has strained relations between Greece and Turkey.
At a luncheon in Athens on Tuesday (11 May) President Tito said "With the Cyprus issue as the epicentre, a dangerous tension has been created in the last two years in Greek-Turkish relations. The responsibility for this tension does not lie with Greece, which makes, as it has proved recently, every effort to ease it. We hope that the other side will shows understanding to avoid disasters which threaten our region."
Greece and Turkey came close to war in 1974 when Turkish forces invaded Cyprus. They now occupy the northern part.
The visit is President Tito's first official one since 1959. It follows visits by the Bulgarian and Romanian Presidents to Greece already this year.
Mr. Karamanlis and Marshal Tito are also discussing means to expand their trade and cultural exchanges and the possibility of military co-operation.
SYNOPSIS: The temple of the ancient god of the sea - Poseidon, near Athens. On Wednesday it was visited by Yugoslav President Tito. Marshal Tito, his wife and delegation climbed to the temple site during a sightseeing tour of archaeological sites around the Greek capital. The tour was a break in several rounds of talks during the President's four-day official visit to Greece.
The Yugoslav leader - on his first visit to Greece for 17 years - is holding talks with Greek Premier Karamanlis on bilateral relations and co-operation on the Blakan peninsula. Priority appears to be given to the Cyprus crisis. President Tito may offer to mediate between Greece and Turkey on this. He has already agreed to mediate on the Aegean Sea rights dispute between Turkey and Greece.
President Tito's visit closely follows those of the Bulgarian and Romanian Presidents to Greece. The Yugoslav leader said at the beginning of his visit that political and social differences between his country and Greece should not prevent them from achieving greater co-operation. He and Mr. Karamanlis are also discussing means to expand their trade, cultural exchanges and the possibility of military co-operation.