Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit conferred on Monday (15 May) in London with British political leaders on the defence problems on NATO's southern flank.
Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit conferred on Monday (15 May) in London with British political leaders on the defence problems on NATO's southern flank. Governments in western European capitals have become more dubious about Turkey's capabilities to withstand a surprise attack from the Soviet Union.
SYNOPSIS: At the British Prime Minister's residence in Downing Street, Mr. Ecevit met with Premier James Callaghan and Foreign Secretary Dr David Owen. NATO wants to strengthen Turkey's huge, but Poorly-equipped, forces. But the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week refused to lift the arms embargo that America imposed after Turkish forces invaded Cyprus in 1974. Western leaders are worried that Turkish retaliation against the decision could be weaken the alliance.
The copic of Cyprus exercised these demonstrators, as well as Mr. Ecevit, who said there could be no diplomatic breakthrough there while the arms embargo remained. He urged the Greek Cypriots to put alternative suggestions at a conference instead of rejecting recent Turkish-Cypriot proposals on the islands's future.