Greek Premier Constantine Karamanlis briefly met Greek Cypriot leaders Archbishop Makarios and Clafkos Clerides at Athens airport on Saturday (26 April).
Greek Premier Constantine Karamanlis briefly met Greek Cypriot leaders Archbishop Makarios and Clafkos Clerides at Athens airport on Saturday (26 April). President Makarios was on his way to the Commonwealth Conference in Jamaica where, he said, he was confident that Commonwealth leaders would declare support for his Government's efforts to 'regain the independence and territorial integrity of our island'. He was being accompanied on the first leg of his journey by the leader of the Greek community on Cyprus, Clafkos Clerides, who was en route to resumed negotiations between Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders in Vienna, the Austrian capital.
Archbishop Makarios said he expected the Commonwealth Conference to discuss Cyprus, which was, he said, 'suffering the terrible consequences of Turkish aggression".
Mr. Clerides and Rauf Denktash, leader of the Turkish Community on Cyprus, were due to meet in Vienna on Monday (28 April) with United Nations' Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim playing a major role in the talks -- aimed at settling II years of conflict between the two Cypriot communities.
The tension reached a climax last July when President Makarios was deposed by the island's Greek-led National Guard. This was followed by a Turkish invasion to protect Turkish interests on the island, and the Archbishop fled into exile. He returned in December, and two months later was faced by the unilateral declaration of a self-governing Turkish-Cypriot state.
Settlement talks on Cyprus broke down in February, and it was decided to resume them in Vienna which was felt by the United Nations to be 'politically cool'.