President Makarios of Cyprus has renewed his attack against Greece, accusing it of trying to abolish the State of Cyprus.
President Makarios of Cyprus has renewed his attack against Greece, accusing it of trying to abolish the State of Cyprus. The latest attack was contained in a letter to Greek President Phaodon Gizikis, details of which were released at a news conference in Nicosia on Friday (5 July).
Earlier, President Makarios had accused the Cypriot National Guard, which is staffed by Greek officers, of being a mainstay and supplier of the Eoka guerrilla movement, which has long fought for a union of Cyprus and Greece.
In his letter, the President again called for the withdrawal of the 650 Greek officers in the National Guard. he charged them with showing "contempt for the decisions of the Cyprus Government". He further accused them of "criminal activities, including political murder."
President Makarios said he would be prepared to accept about 100 Greek advisers to help reorganise and restructure the Cypriot armed forces. He added that the continued presence of the Greek Guard officers would harm relations between the two countries.
An in an apparent reference to the assassination attempt against him in 1970, President Makarios wrote: "I have more than once so far felt....a hand invisibly extending from Athens and seeking to liquidate my human existence."
The allegations were not published in Greece, in line with a Government Press ban.