The Greek Prime Minister Constantine Karamanlis and his Cabinet have been meeting over the past few days to consider the implications on the Cyprus problem following the death of Archbishop Makarios.
GV Premier Constantine Karamanlis arrives at Orthodox Cathedral TO crowds cheering and bands playing
SV INT Chief of Armed Forces, General Davos and other military leaders inside Cathedral during mass
SV Cabinet members during Mass and CU Karamanlis (2 shots)
SV Members of the church PAN TO cabinet members
GV Communist youth marchers and chanting slogans on route to Athens university (2 shots)
GV Large crowd outside university building
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Background: The Greek Prime Minister Constantine Karamanlis and his Cabinet have been meeting over the past few days to consider the implications on the Cyprus problem following the death of Archbishop Makarios.
SYNOPSIS: The Athens memorial coincided with the Archbishop's funeral in Nicosia. Crowds lining the streets outside the Cathedral, greeted the Premier as he arrived for the service. Grief over the Archbishop's death was felt just as strongly in Greece as it was in the Greek Cypriot part of Cyprus.
Mr. Karamanlis led a delegation of Cabinet Ministers, armed forces leaders, and other high ranking officials. A solemn Te Deum was heard in honour of the dead Archbishop. In Athens, Government offices, courts and state-controlled institutions remained closed, while shops, buses and railway services stopped during the memorial.
At night, a mass rally organised by youth organisations of all Greek political parties gathered in front of Athens University to express their sorrow for the Archbishop. On the way to the rally, a group of communist youth marchers carrying red banners and placards, shouted anti-American slogans. Athens security police took strict measures to protect the U.S. and Turkish Embassies from any violence. After paying tribute to the Archbishop, youth leaders demanded the withdrawal of Turkish troops from Cyprus and the return of refugees to their homes. They also called on Greek political leaders for unified action in a struggle to liberate the island.
Once the mourning is over it will be back to the hard political realities of the Cyprus problem. Greek Government officials are hoping however that the Archbishop's death may open the way for a more realistic approach in settling the crisis.