On Tuesday night (16 July) Cyprus appealed unsuccessfully for a United Nations Security Council ceasefire resolution, to Halt the fighting sparked off by the coup against Archbishop Makarios.
On Tuesday night (16 July) Cyprus appealed unsuccessfully for a United Nations Security Council ceasefire resolution, to Halt the fighting sparked off by the coup against Archbishop Makarios. The council withheld action after an 80-minute debate, thus allowing time to determine if the organisers of the coup have decisive control of the country.
The UN Secretary-General, MR. Kurt Waldheim, opened the debate by quoting unconfirmed reports that up to 30 people had died in the fighting in the Cypriot capital, Nicosia, alone.
The Cypriot appeal for an immediate ceasefire was put by Mr. Zenon Rossides, who also called for action to remove the 650 Greek Army officers serving with Cyprus National Guard, the force which spearheaded the revolt.
The Greek representative on the council, Mr. Emmanuel Megalokonomos, said his Government was not involved in the coup. Allegations about Greek officers serving with the Cypriot National Guard were unfounded. He said the 10,000 men in the force were all Cypriots and not all the officers were Greeks. The guard itself was under the exclusive authority of the Cyprus Government.
The Turkish ambassador, Mr. Osman Olcay, charged that the coup was engineered by Athens and carried out by the Greek officers. Turkey was devoted to a peaceful solution of the problem. However, he said his country would safeguard its rights and interests.
SYNOPSIS: On Tuesday night, the United Nations Security Council debated the Cyprus situation for eighty minutes, but decided not to take direct action. The Cypriot delegate, Mr. Zenon Rossides, had appealed for an immediate ceasefire resolution. Later, the Greek representative Mr. Emmanuel Megalokonomos, denied his country had anything at all to do with the coup.
The Turkish delegate, Mr. Osman Olcay, speaking in French, charged that the coup was engineered by the Greek Government and carried out by the Greek officers in the Cypriot National Guard. He said recent events should explain the lack of trust between the island's Greek and Turkish communities. Mr. Olcay said Turkey was devoted to a peaceful solution of the problem, but pointed out that his country would safeguard its rights and interests.