The Prime Minister of Greece, Mr. Constantine Karamanlis, attended a meeting of military leaders and?
MV Karamanlis leaves car and greeted by Gen. Bonanos
MVs Karamanlis inspects guard of honour (2 shots)
MCU Karamanlis shakes hands with Army chief and enters GHQ (Pentagon) building TILT UP TO facade
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Background: The Prime Minister of Greece, Mr. Constantine Karamanlis, attended a meeting of military leaders and senior civilian politicians at the Armed Forces Headquarters in Athens on Saturday (27 July).
During two hours of discussions Mr. Karamanlis was briefed on the military situation in Cyprus, following the week-old Turkish invasion of the island and on Greece's present defence capability.
Armed Forces chief General Grigorios Bonanos and the chiefs of the three services were at the meeting, together with Defence Minister Evangelos Averoff-Tositsas and Public Order Minister Solon Ghikas.
This meeting happened at a time when reports were coming in of an impending agreement with Turkey at the talks on the Cyprus crisis being held in Geneva.
The Greek Foreign Minister Mr. George Mavros expressed some optimism and said he did not rule out the possibility that agreement would be reached soon, despite outstanding problems.
Meanwhile, Greece was continuing its military preparations despite assurances from President Nixon that the United States was maintaining efforts to keep the peace in Cyprus.
Greek harbour authorities have ordered all passenger and merchant ships to remain in port until further notice. No reason was given for this measure, but military observers said it could be connected with war preparations. Several passenger ships have already been requisitioned to carry troops and supplies to strategic points.