Greek, Turkish and Cypriot Ambassadors made charges and counter charges about the fighting in Cyprus at the United Nations Security Council meeting on Monday (22 July).
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SCU Greek Ambassador Panayotacos speaking.
SV Turkish Ambassador Olcay speaking in French.
SV Cypriot ambassador Rossides speaks.
PANAYOTACOS: "The inhuman attacks against innocent civilians constitute an irrefutable fact, especially when as everybody knows there exists no Greek Cypriot airforce to face the Turkish jets which had a total freedom of action, action directed mainly against hospitals, embassy premises and civilians."
ROSSIDES: "But furthermore not only to use this bombing but to resort to napalm bombs which have ruled out in many ways and in many countries recently as a kind almost as a kind in the same sense as atomic bomb because of the tremendous suffering by burning that they cause as an inhuman measure. To be applied so casually and with such lack of responsibility or sense of humanity on Cyprus a victim of two consecutive attacks upon it independence. When Cyprus was lying prostrate, then their comes a new attack what attack with napalm bombs."
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Parts of the three ambassador's statements appear on film. A transcript of the two English speaking ambassador's remarks follow. A translation of the French speaking Turkish ambassador's remarks is included in the commentary.
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Background: Greek, Turkish and Cypriot Ambassadors made charges and counter charges about the fighting in Cyprus at the United Nations Security Council meeting on Monday (22 July).
Greek ambassador Panayotacos called the Turkish airforce's strafing of innocent civilians and hospitals "inhuman."
Turkish ambassador Olcay -- speaking in French -- criticised the United Nations forces in Cyprus for not being able to stop the massacre of Turkish Cypriot civilians by the Greek Cypriot National Guard; and Cypriot ambassador Rossides attacked both Greece and Turkey. He said Cyprus was the victim of two consecutive attacks upon its independence -- meaning the Greek led coup that put EOKA guerrilla Nikos Sampson in power and the Turkish invasion. Mr. Rossides bitterly attacked the Turkish airforce's use of napalm bombs.