United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance made an appeal on Thursday (6 April) for lifting the three-year-old arms embargo against Turkey.
United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance made an appeal on Thursday (6 April) for lifting the three-year-old arms embargo against Turkey. He said the administration did not think its removal should be contingent on a solution of the Cyprus dispute. But his proposal sparked off demonstrations in Cyprus, where hundreds of students gathered in the capital, Nicosia, to protest against the United States. In Athens, Greek Opposition leader Andreas Papandreou also attacked the proposal. Mr. Vance suggested the lifting of the ban during an address to the Congress International Relations Committee in Washington. He said the impact of the embargo had demonstrated the seriousness of the American view of any unauthorised use of U.S. military equipment.
SYNOPSIS: In Cyprus students staged a noisy but non-violent demonstration in Nicosia's main square to protest against the decision.
Small groups of protesters marched on the U.S. Embassy and American Cultural Centre. They shouted slogans and sang protest songs against the United States.
Barbed wire barricades had been put around American property earlier int he week in anticipation of the demonstration. Dozens of riot police were standing by. But the students dispersed peacefully.
Anti-U.S. demonstrations were also held in Athens, where Mr. Papandreou accused the United States of a Turkish bias.