The Acting President of Cyprus Mr. Glafkos Clerides told news conference Tuesday (August 27) his?
The Acting President of Cyprus Mr. Glafkos Clerides told news conference Tuesday (August 27) his government would never accept the partitioning of the island.
Mr. Clerides repeated he would not negotiate under threat of an ultimatum by the Turks, who still occupy forty percent of the island and so control two-third of the economy.
The Acting President also said that his government had accepted the Soviet Union's proposal for a conference on the future of Cyprus involving the fifteen nations of the United Nations Security Council as well as Greece, Turkey, and Greek and Turkish cypriot representatives.
One of the major fears of those involved in securing peace on the island is the possibility that the Greek Cypriots may resort to guerrilla warfare. Mr. Clerides said he was afraid that no government would be able to prevent this.
Referring to the two hundred thousand refugees still on the island, Mr. Clerides told reporters he had called for an emergency meeting of the Security council to tackle the problem. At the same time the Cyprus Government has begun a major programme to build camps for the homeless.
In an interview with Jochen Platz of the West German Network ZDF yesterday (27 August), Mr. Clerides answered accusations that he was acting merely as a puppet of Athens. The text of the interview appears below followed by the text of Mr. Clerides statement to the press conference later: