The Yugoslav President, Josip Broz Tito, arrived in Athens, Greece on Monday (10 May) amid reports that he may act as a mediator in the Cyprus dispute between Greece and Turkey.
The Yugoslav President, Josip Broz Tito, arrived in Athens, Greece on Monday (10 May) amid reports that he may act as a mediator in the Cyprus dispute between Greece and Turkey. The President and his wife are on a four day official visit to Greece.
President Tito has been reported as saying that Greece and Turkey should both help solve the Cyprus problem on the basis of respect for the independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and non-aligned position of the island. He is expected to visit Turkey in the near future.
Relations between Turkey and Greece have been strained since the Turkish occupation of the northern part of Cyprus in July, 1974. More recent disputes between the two countries have involved territorial rights and oil in the Aegean Sea.
Greece is eager to improve relations with its Balkan neighbours ???spite political differences. Greece was host to the Inter-Balkan Conference which took place in February.
But Yugoslavia has said that while problems exist between countries in the area, such as those between Greece and Turkey, international cooperation must be restricted to matters such as trade, economics and culture.
The Yugoslav President was met at the airport by Constatine Tsatsos, the Greek President and Premier Constantine Karamanlis. President Tito's visit is in return for that paid by Mr. Karamanlis in June last year.