210. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Greece 0

3634. Paris: Deliver Burgess 9 a.m. June 12. Separate message contains substance discussions between Prime Minister Macmillan and Secretary concerning Cyprus.1 You will note Secretary undertook instruct AmEmbassies Athens and Ankara to approach GOG and GOT, at same time indicating he did not feel we should give public support to British plan. Ambassadors should therefore seek early meetings with respective Foreign Ministers or Prime Ministers and state that United States Government earnestly hopes that they will give to new British proposals [Page 628] same serious study and careful consideration which British gave to development these proposals.

You should add that Cyprus situation has become highly explosive and we fear for its disruptive effects upon NATO and Western defense position. We know that GOG (GOT) must share our deep concern in this regard and will do everything in their power to avoid exacerbation of situation.

For Athens: Ambassador Riddleberger may add we aware recent events Cyprus have constituted serious provocations of great concern to GOG and inform GOG in strict confidence that Ambassador Warren is being instructed to express to GOT concern over dangerous implications from acts of violence in recent days by Turkish Cypriots.

For Ankara: Ambassador Warren should inform GOT that recent acts of violence committed by Turkish Cypriots have dangerous implications and we urge GOT to use its influence with Turkish Cypriots to refrain from acts of violence and extend to authorities in Cyprus their cooperation in preventing further communal strife.

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 747C.00/6–1158. Secret; Niact; Limit Distribution. Drafted by Rountree, cleared by Timmons and Dale, and approved by Owen T. Jones who signed for Dulles. Also sent to Ankara, Nicosia, London, and Paris for USRO.
  2. Telegram 3635 to Athens, June 11, summarized the conversation (see Document 209). (Department of State, Central Files, 747C.00/6–1158)