201. Telegram From the Embassy in Turkey to the Department of State0

2271. Rome for McSweeney. Reference: Athens telegram 3146 to Department.1 Department will recall (re Embtel 2504, April 30, 1957)2 that GOT views with deep suspicion relations between Makarios and US official representatives while Embassy is mindful that contact between USG and Makarios probably would be desirable, establishment even private arrangement would eventually become known and would serve to embitter already resentful GOT on US position re Cyprus. Consequently, if some form of contact is developed, we hope that it will be in such form as to mitigate inevitable sting to Turks.

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 747C.00/5–1458. Secret. Repeated to Athens, London, Paris for USRO, Nicosia, Istanbul, Izmir, Iskenderun, and Rome.
  2. Document 200.
  3. Telegram 2504 from Ankara reported on unfavorable Turkish press reaction to reports of a meeting between Ambassador in Greece George Allen and Makarios. (Department of State, Central Files, 747C.00/5–157)