212. Editorial Note

On June 12, ten “disinterested” member states of the North Atlantic Council met to discuss possible NATO involvement in the solution of the crisis. No decisions were taken. These discussions were reported in Polto 4147, June 12. (Department of State, Central Files, 747C.00/6–1258) [Page 629] Polto 4132, June 12, summarized the problem facing the North Atlantic Council and recommended a course of action:

NAC is faced with decision as to how far it should get into act. It is, in effect, faced with two choices: (A) To continue to exhort interested parties to find solution by peaceful means, and to repeat availability of Secretary General for good offices mission; (B) to take somewhat more active role in search for solution or modus vivendi. Despite weighty and well-known arguments against NATO committing its prestige on what indeed seems impasse, we believe that increased deterioration of situation in Cyprus and in Greek-Turkish relations, involving possibilities of Greek-Turkish strife, collapse of NATO unity and defense effort in SE, and even of ultimate British pull-out leads us to believe that risk involved requires that more active role be taken by NATO.” (Ibid.)