February 20, 1959

CYPRUS ACCORD: After the meeting at Lancaster House between the Greek, Turkish and British governments and the representatives of the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots that resulted in an agreement signed by the prime ministers of Britain and Greece, Harold Macmillan and Constantine Karamanlis respectively, the representatives of the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots as well as Turkish Prime Minister Adnan Menderes, the British Foreign Office issued a statement announcing that the agreement had been reached in a spirit of «close cooperation.» Greek Prime Minister Karamanlis gave a reception in honor of Cypriot Archbishop Makarios, during which the two officials made statements to the press and radio. Karamanlis noted the importance of the agreement, which guarantees the independence and freedom of the Cypriot people and restores relations between Greece, Britain and Turkey. Archbishop Makarios expressed his satisfaction with the agreement, which he said opened the door for a new period of peace and prosperity for Cyprus. The Greek prime minister will leave tomorrow for Athens, while Archbishop Makarios will remain in London for a few more days.

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