The Greek Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mr., George Mavros, arrived in paris on Thursday (5 September) to discuss possible Greek economic union with Europe with President Giscard d'Estaing.
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Background: The Greek Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mr., George Mavros, arrived in paris on Thursday (5 September) to discuss possible Greek economic union with Europe with President Giscard d'Estaing.
His arrival was the start of a three day visit to France - Greece's staunchest ally in the Cyprus crisis.
Greece - which withdrew from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) during the Cyprus conflict - has been keen to create closer economic links with Europe.
Mr. Mavros was prefacing his country's bid to join the European Economic Community (EEC) by trying to re-activate Greece's former associate membership of the Community. These ties were broken in 1967 when the Colonels took over in Athens.
At a press conference after his arrival, Mr. Mavros said, "Strengthening democracy in Greece is Europe's concern and our friends must help us in this endeavour."
Mr. Mavros was to go on for talks with French Foreign Minister, M. Jean Sauvagnargues that evening. He was to see President Giscard d'Estaing during the next two days before going on to Bonn and Brussels.
SYNOPSIS: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris. Talks were held there on Thursday between the French Foreign Minister Jean Sauvagnargues and the visiting Greek Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister George Mavros. Mr. Mavros had arrived at Orly airport earlier in the day at the start of a three day visit. The main purpose of the visit was to discuss closer ties between Greece and Europe and possible Greek membership of the European Economic Community.
The talks between the two Foreign Ministers were very cordial - reflecting Greek appreciation of French support during the Cyprus crisis. Greece withdrew form the NATO alliance during the Cyprus fighting, but has been keen to create closer economic ties with Europe.
Before going on to Bonn and Brussels, Mr. Mavros was to meet President Giscard d'Estaing for talks. Mr. Mavros' visit was part of an attempt to re-activate his country's close relationship with Europe. This was broken when the Colonels took over in Athens in nineteen sixty seven.
Later that day, the Greek Deputy Prime Minister announced he would meet Archbishop Markarios somewhere in Europe during his visit.