February 16, 1956

HARDING TO MAKARIOS: Nicosia, 15 – Cyprus Radio, which is government-controlled, has announced in a broadcast that yesterday’s letter from the governor, Field Marshal Sir John Harding, to Archbishop Makarios «was not devoid of promises» and that «an agreement was likely to be reached on the Cyprus problem but it would be premature to say that a solution had been found.» It is believed that in his letter Governor Harding proposed a basis for further talks on a future constitution for Cyprus and asked Makarios for a clear «yes» or «no» answer to his proposal. KARAMANLIS TO MAKARIOS: Greek Prime Minister Constantine Karamanlis has stated that he had hastened to inform Archbishop Makarios that in the event that the British proposal did not resolve the problems of the Cypriot people, he should reject it out of hand and that he could always count on the unreserved support of the Greek government. KARAMANLIS’S CAMPAIGN: Last night the prime minister and head of the National Radical Union party (ERE), Mr Constantine Karamanlis, concluded his election campaign around the country.

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