June 5, 1957

MENDERES AGAINST MAKARIOS: Istanbul, 3 – Ankara radio has broadcast statements on the Cyprus issue by Turkish Prime Minister Adnan Menderes, speaking during a visit to Baghdad. Menderes said: «…this priest in assuming the role of representative of the Cypriot people, is playing the part of a national hero. He is trying in every way he can to provoke the Cypriot people into killing each other and to die as a national martyr. But this priest should know that no one wants to harm a hair on his head. The saddest thing in this affair is the stance adopted by Greece, which is in absolute accord with the priest. Not only that, but it is using him as their own representative. However it is time for the Greek government to come to its senses and think seriously. The Cyprus issue will not be resolved by the ravings of Father Makarios, it has to be solved by the three parties directly involved – Greece, Turkey and Britain. The Turkish government has, until now, shown self-restraint. Therefore, the Greek government should treat the matter seriously too.» (Ed. note: In 1961 Menderes was hanged by the Turkish military regime on charges of corruption.)

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