The Geneva agreement on Cyprus, reached on Tuesday (30 July) night, was welcomed in Greece.?
GV Minister of Defence leaving hotel in Athens
SV Other government officials leaving hotel
SV PAN Minister of Defence driving away in car
Background: The Geneva agreement on Cyprus, reached on Tuesday (30 July) night, was welcomed in Greece. On Wednesday (31 July), the new Premier, Constantine Karamanlis, said the agreement could mark the start of a settlement which would secure peace and prosperity for the people of Cyprus, the restoration of relations between Greece and Turkey and the safeguarding of peace in the eastern Mediterranean.
A crowd gathered outside he Athens hotel where Mt. Karamanlis and his Ministers met on Tuesday waiting for news of the expected agreement in Geneva between the Greek Foreign Minister and his Turkish and British counterparts. The popular feeling in athens was that the three-nation declaration of a military standstill had removed the threat of war with Turkey.
On Wednesday (31 July) the new civilian Government began demobilising the military reservists called up after the 20 July invasion of Cyprus by Turkish forces.
In Ankara, the Turkish capital, Prime Minster Bulent Ecevit said the agreement had "laid the foundation for a healthy new status for Cyprus." with thousands of Turkish troops holding a key sector of Cyprus the Ankara Government is well placed for the next round of Geneva talks which will discuss the political future of the island.
Mr. Ecevit made it clear on Tuesday night that Turkey wold not pull out its invasion force from Cyprus until the long-term security of the Turkish Cypriot minority was secured. The number of troops is estimated at between 15,000 and 20,000.
The second round of talks is to begin in Geneva next week and Turkey is expected to press for a federative system in Cyprus under which Greek and Turkish communities will have a measure of local autonomy.