214. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Greece0

3645. Re London 7178 rptd Athens 134.1FYI. British Embassy informs us that Selwyn Lloyd endorses view of British Ambassador in Athens that most useful action US could take at present time is to ask Makarios not take irrevocable action until Foot or senior British official has had chance to talk with him personally. End FYI.

After consultation with British Ambassador, Ambassador Riddleberger or such other Embassy official as he designates is requested to approach Makarios along following lines:

We are informed by British that Governor Foot or senior British official hopes to see Archbishop. We do not know substance of proposed discussion but we hope that Archbishop will afford British representative opportunity to see him and that Archbishop will not take any irrevocable action with respect to Cyprus situation until after this discussion has taken place.

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 747C.00/6–1158. Secret; Niact; Limit Distribution. Drafted by Owen T. Jones and approved by Rountree. Repeated to London, Ankara, and Nicosia.
  2. See footnote 5, Document 213.