With United Nations Secretary-General, Kurt Waldheim spearheading renewed efforts to find a solution tot eh Cyprus problem, Cyprus President,Sypros Kyprianou has been visiting Athens for talks with Prime Minister, Constantine Karamanlis and other members of the Greek government.
GV Cyprus President Spyros Kyuprianou down aircraft steps and greeted by Greek Foreign Minister George Rallis and others.
SV TRACKING SHOT Kyprianou walking with officials towards airport building.
SV INTERIOR Newsmen seated.
SCU Kyprianou speaking in English.
SV Greek Prime Minister Constantine Karamanlis and Kyprianou standing outside President's residence, they enter.
KYPRIANOU:"The purpose of my visit to Athens is to meet with the Prime Minister of Greece, Mr. Karamanlis, and other members of his government and to exchange views with them on the Cyprus problem in the light in particular of the recent developments."
President Kyprianou and Mr. Denktash last met in january ,1979, but their talks failed to bring about a solution to the problem arising from the division of Cyprus following the 1974 Turkish invasion.
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Background: With United Nations Secretary-General, Kurt Waldheim spearheading renewed efforts to find a solution tot eh Cyprus problem, Cyprus President,Sypros Kyprianou has been visiting Athens for talks with Prime Minister, Constantine Karamanlis and other members of the Greek government.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Kyprianou arrived in Greece on Sunday (8 April) with his Foreign Minister Nicholas Rolandis and was greeted by Greek Foreign Minister George Rallis. Earlier Mr. Rolandis had met Dr. Waldheim in Geneva and has also held talks with British Foreign Secretary David Owen in London. Turkish Cypriot representatives have also had talks with Dr. Waldheim.
The result of all this diplomatic activity is expected to be a summit meeting between President Kyprianou and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Danktash in Nicosia later this month, chaired by Dr. Waldheim. At Athens airport Mr. Kyprianou spoke about the reasons for his visit.
Mr. Kyprianous had a forty-minute private meeting with Mr. Karamanlis, when the future approach to the Cyprus issue was discussed. later Mr. Rallis and Mr. Rolandis joined the talks and the meeting continued for a further two hours. Afterwards Mr. Karamanlis told newsmen that in order to handle the Cyprus problem two prerequisites were necessary -- unity of the Cypriot people and co-operation between Athens and Nicosia. Mr. Kyprianou echoed this theme, saying that this co-operation was one of the fundamentals of a successful resolution.