OPINION

February 7, 1958

ZURICH AGREEMENT: Zurich, 5 – The prime ministers of Greece and Turkey, Constantine Karamanlis and Adnan Menderes respectively, accompanied by their foreign ministers, had their first meeting here this afternoon. Diplomats in Western capitals say the talks will be of decisive importance for the outcome of the Cyprus issue. The talks will probably continue into Saturday when an official communique will be issued. Nothing has been announced concerning the details of the Karamanlis-Menderes talks. However, London had reportedly not shown much interest, while Washington had exerted friendly pressure on both Athens and Ankara to reach an agreement and five days ago had issued a directive to NATO military leaders to adjust their immediate plans in view of the prospect that Greece and Turkey might restore close allied ties. According to The Associated Press correspondent here, Turkey has asked for adequate guarantees for the lives and property of Cyprus’s Turks, a military base on the island and the determination of the island’s future status. ANDREAS LASKARATOS: The first volume of the memoirs of 19th-century satirist Andreas Laskaratos have just been published by Atlas Books.