September 17, 1954

HARRY TRUMAN: New York, 17 – The former president of the United States, Mr Harry Truman, questioned as to his stance on the Cyprus issue, said he has always supported the principle of self-determination and said that he would provide every form of moral support for Greece. His statements on Cyprus, which he requested the Greek people be apprised of, were made to two Greek politicians, Messrs Melas and Zigdis whom he received in Kansas. (…) The Greek politicians told him that the Greeks who loved him called him «Uncle Truman.» Truman laughed at this, and went on to emphasize that he had never forgotten the struggle by the Greek people toward maintaining their culture and democratic ideals. CYPRUS: London, 17 – A delegation from the Turkish community of the island of Cyprus was given an audience this morning by British Colonial Minister Mr Henry Hopkinson. The members of the delegation expressed their opposition to any transfer of the administration of Cyprus to another power, particularly to its annexation to Greece. In reply, Mr Hopkinson said that the British government was not considering any kind of alteration to the sovereignty of the island.

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