April 15, 1955

‘INTERFERENCE IN DOMESTIC AFFAIRS’: London, 15 – A representative of the British Foreign Office commented today on a demarche by British Ambassador in Athens Sir Charles Peake to Foreign Minister Stephanos Stephanopoulos regarding broadcasts to Cyprus by Athens radio stations. The representative observed that the Greek minister’s reply was not in accordance with the facts. The action, he added, by the British diplomatic mission in Athens was aimed at drawing once again the Greek government’s attention to the Athens radio broadcasts and to remind it that any interference in the internal affairs of Great Britain was unacceptable. He concluded that these acts were not friendly and stressed that if the broadcasts continued, they would upset friendly relations between the two countries. NO REFERENDUM: Istanbul, 15 – The president of the Turkish party in Cyprus, Mr Alil Kucuk, who has arrived in Ankara from Cyprus, has said that if a referendum was held on the island, the Greeks would achieve their aim of union with Greece, and would leave the Turks there facing a life or death situation. «That is why I have come to Ankara to ask the Turkish government to take diplomatic action and to give guarantees.»

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