United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance made an appeal on Thursday (6 April) for lifting the three-year-old arms embargo against Turkey.
GV INT WASHINGTON, U.S.A. U.S. Secretary of State Cyprus Vance speaking in English (2 shots)
GTV CYPRUS. Anti-U.S. demonstrators at meeting in Nicosia
GV Police set up road block near U.S. Embassy
GTV Demonstrators approaching U.S. Embassy
SV Police behind barbed wire barricades outside U.S. Embassy
SV Demonstrators at barbed wire barrier (2 shots)
GV Students chanting and riot police standing by (3 shots)
ATHENS, GREECE: CU INT Andreas Papandreou speaking in English
VANCE: "Three years have passed, we have seen no progress in the Cyprus situation. In the meantime, our relationships with Turkey have continued to deteriorate. In addition to that, there has been a serious deterioration in the readiness, material readiness, in our southern flank. And I think this is a matter of --- of great concern not only to us but to our NATO allies. Further, as I indicated, I believe that by taking his step the political atmosphere will be improved. Then as a result of this, I think, there is now at this point in time a greater likelihood that we can make progress if we take this step than if we don't."
PAPANDREOU: "We expected it. We are not surprised because the American stance has consistently been pro-Turkish, and because it is known that even the invasion of 1974 had the support of the Nixon Administration. Yet we must comment on the cynicism of this decision, the lifting of the arms embargo by a government which pretends to be fighting for human rights. It is clear that all this talk about human rights is just a sham."
Cyprus President Spyros Kyprianou has also spoken out against the decision. He described the move as "an encouragement to the Turkish aggressor to continue his fait accompli policy."
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Background: 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.