Cypriot President Glafkos Clerides told reporters in Nicosia on Friday (26 July) that Turkey had landed more than 100 heavy tanks on the island since Monday's (22 July) ceasefire and warned of an 'impending battle' if an advance of Turkish forces into Greek-Cypriot areas was not halted.
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SV INTERIOR Clerides addresses press conference
"Diplomatic representations made to Turkey by the United Nations and by other powers have failed to prevent the Turkish forces from violating the ceasefire and continuing to expand the territory of the republic which they are placing daily under their occupation. The responsibility for what might happen in the next hours will rest solely on the shoulders of the Turkish government. We are not prepared to continue withdrawing, to see Greek villages being ruined and refugees to pile up while we stand still. We have both methods and effective ways of counter-acting."
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(There are two short interruptions of Greek translation during Mr. Clerides's statement.)
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Background: Cypriot President Glafkos Clerides told reporters in Nicosia on Friday (26 July) that Turkey had landed more than 100 heavy tanks on the island since Monday's (22 July) ceasefire and warned of an 'impending battle' if an advance of Turkish forces into Greek-Cypriot areas was not halted.
Speaking at a briefikng of newsmen following a press conference which he had called to review the current military situation, Mr. Clerides indicated on a map that Turkish forces had expanded the area under their control since the ceasefire.
As Mr. Clerides spoke Turkish troops were reported to have been trying to seize more territory round the capital.
Mr.Clerides said that he had taken up diplomatic efforts with the United States, the Soviet Union, Britain, Greece and Turkey -- the last three are named as guarantors of Cypriot independence -- as well as with the United Nations Security Council, through a representative of the U.N. Secretary General Kurt Waldheim at present in Cyprus, but this had not stopped the Turkish advance.
He said that he had also put up a plan to the United Nations to police the ceasefire, but Turkey had not consented.