186. Editorial Note

Foreign Secretary Selwyn Lloyd and Governor Sir Hugh Foot held talks with Greek leaders in Athens February 11–13 on the Cyprus issue. Foot also met privately with Archbishop Makarios. The British representatives urged Greek officials to use their influence to prevent further terrorist violence by EOKA and assured the Greeks that the United Kingdom would continue to govern the island until a solution satisfactory to all parties was achieved. Greek officials expressed qualified approval of the Foot Plan but rejected self-determination by the Greek and Turkish communities as a cover for a partition of the island and objected to a proposal for the establishment of a Turkish base on the island. Documentation on the British-Greek meetings is in Department of State, Central File 747C.00.