President of Cyprus Archbishop Makarios arrived in Athens on Friday talks on the Cyprus issue.?
President of Cyprus Archbishop Makarios arrived in Athens on Friday talks on the Cyprus issue. He was welcomed at the airport by the Greek Regent George Zoetakis, and later drove into Athens for talks at the Presidency with Premier George Papadopoulos.
President Makarios told reporters on his arrival the Cyprus issue had reached a critical phase due to deadlock in the talks between Greek and Turkish Cypriots to end their eight-year-old dispute.
He blamed the deadlock in the talks on Turkish intransigence.
President makarios has so far had long talks with the Greek leaders on Friday and Saturday.
He is due to leave for Nicosia on Sunday afternoon.
SYNOPSIS: President of Cyprus Archbishop Makarios arrived in Athens on Friday, with his Foreign Minister Mr. Spyro Kyprianou, for talks on the Cyprus issue. They were welcomed at Athens Western airport by the Regent, General George Zoetakis, and General Odyssefs Angelis, Chief of National Defence. Speaking to reporters shortly after his arrival, President makarios said the Cyprus issue had entered a critical phase due to the deadlock in the talks between Greek and Turkish Cypriots to end their eight-year-old dispute.
The Archbishop said the failure of the tall was due to Turkish intransigence. He believed common policy on Cyprus between Athens and Nicosia was the basic factor for the successful solution of the issue.
Immediately after his arrival, the President drove to the Greek Presidency, where he has since had a series of lengthy meetings with Greek leaders.
The meetings were attended by Premier George papadopoulos, who is also Foreign Minister and Minister of National Defence, Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs Christian Xanthopoulos-Lalamas, and Greek Ambassador to Cyprus Constantine Panayotakos.