The Acting President of Cyprus Mr. Glafkos Clerides told news conference Tuesday (August 27) his?
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REPORTER: "If you accepted the Russian plan for negotiation under the umbrella of the United Nations, would you accept a second round in Geneva with the participants of the other negotiations round?"
CLERIDES: "We have accepted the Russian plan because we conceded that it contains certain positive developments. It has always been our view that the Cyprus problem must be discussed within the context of the United Nations."
REPORTER: "The Turkish side said, Mr. President, that you're kind of a Marionette of the Athens Government. How true are you in your decisions as far as the island is concerned of course?"
CLERIDES: "Well, I feel perfectly fres to make my own decisions. I would not want to retaliate, but it is obvious that here in Cyprus, there is not a Greek invading force and I make my own decisions. Wherever I consult with Athens, it is only because it is necessary in certain matters to have a common approach to the problem.
It is quite however the contrary so far as the Turkish side is concerned. In fact many problems I referred to Mr. Denktash, his reply was 'That is entirely outside my jurisdiction, I have to ask the Turkish commander, of the Turkish forces here, or I have to ask the views of Ankara.'"
CLERIDES: "We certainly will not accept any attempt to divide Cyprus, to partition to Cyprus; and what is more, we shall demonstrate to the world that it is the Turkish guarantor of the independence and sovereignty and territorial integrity of the republic of Cyprus which is perpetrating the destruction of the independent state of Cyprus."
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Background: 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: