As the Cyprus crisis deepened on saturday (20 July) following the Turkish invasion, officials at NATO -- the North Atlantic Treaty Orgnisation -- met in an emergency session in Brussels in an attempt to bring about a solution.
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Background: As the Cyprus crisis deepened on saturday (20 July) following the Turkish invasion, officials at NATO -- the North Atlantic Treaty Orgnisation -- met in an emergency session in Brussels in an attempt to bring about a solution.
After two and a half hours deliberation, the NATO council issued a statement which failed to make a specific reference to any responsibility for the situation on the part of either Greece or Turkey. The statement said only that there was broad general support for United states and British efforts to urge restraint, prevent escalation and mediate between the two NATO partners, Turkey and Greece.
After the meeting, the NATO Secretary-General, Dr. Joseph Luns, announced he would send personal messages to the Governments of Greece and Turkey under his watching brief of 1964. This gives the Secretary-General special responsibilities to watch over relations between the two countries with special reference to Cyprus.
At a second meeting on Saturday, NATO officials were reported to be pinning their hopes for a peaceful solution on a call by the British Government for negotiations among Britain, Greece and Turkey -- the three signatory nations of the 1960 Treaty guaranteeing Cyprus independence.
In spite of the calls for restraint Greek troops have been massing on the border with Turkey, increasing the tension in the NATO bases of Europe.
In Italy, preparations have been going ahead by NATO to evacuate nationals at the NATO bases in Cyprus -- if necessary. On Saturday morning, the flagship of the American Sixth Fleet left its berth in Gaeta, Italy, unexpectedly for an unknown destination. Later in the day it was reported from Washington that an American fleet of about 12 warships, including two aircraft carriers, was steaming toward Cyprus to evacuate Americans if necessary.