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    In Greece, widespread criticism has erupted over the decision by the United States Senate to lift the arms embargo against Turkey.

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    GV Parliament buildings in Athens

    SV & CU Newspaper stand and people buying and reading newspapers (5 shots)

    SCU Democratic Centre Union leader John Zighdis commenting in English on the lifting of the embargo

    ZIGHDIS: "It's more than a crime, it's a mistake. The lifting of the embargo means pardoning the crime of invading Cyprus and the crimes of violating human rights by Turkish occupation forces, who are still there. It is, at the same time, an encouragement to military chauv.....to Turkish military chauvanism, to repeat the same coup in Cyprus, or in Greece proper, when favourite conditions arise, and when the right pretext is found. I am disappointed not only as a Greek, but as a European, who believes in the respect of human rights, of international order based on international law. The Greek people are greatly disappointed; they are angry; they are disgusted, but they will keep their mind cool and they will face the difficult, the difficult days ahead, with the proper sangfroid and determination."

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    Background: In Greece, widespread criticism has erupted over the decision by the United States Senate to lift the arms embargo against Turkey. The ban was imposed in 1974 after the Turkish invasion of Cyprus. In June, the Greek Prime Minister, Constantine Karamanlis, discussed the issue with United States President, Jimmy Carter, and attempted to dissuade President Carter from advocating the lifting of the embargo. Support for this move has come from members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the European Common Market. Following the Senate decision, the United States House of Representatives will debate whether to encores the ruling.

    SYNOPSIS: People gathered outside the Parliament Building in Athens, on Wednesday (26 July) to read reports of the American decision, and the official statement of regret from the Greek government. This warned that lifting the embargo could have serious repercussions on the situation in Cyprus. Mr. John Zighdis, leader of the Democratic Centre Union opposition party, fiercely condemned the Senate ruling.

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