313. Telegram From the Department of State to the Consulate General in Nicosia 0

342. Makarios’ imminent return to Cyprus, reported in press as scheduled for this weekend, raises question as to how we can best reestablish effective working contact with Archbishop.

With this goal in mind we believe you should call on Makarios as soon after his return as you think appropriate and express deep satisfaction USG at conclusion of mutually acceptable agreement on Cyprus and our appreciation for his contribution to achievement of settlement. You should also express our particular gratification at promised restoration of peace and prosperity to Cyprus and reestablishment of friendly relations between Greek and Turkish Cypriots. You should wish Makarios well in his important task of providing leadership in giving practical effect to the agreements concluded in London, and express willingness and interest in meeting with him from time to time to discuss developing situation in Cyprus. In this connection if you consider it appropriate, you may specifically recall close and friendly relations between Archbishop and your predecessor.1

You may wish to apprise Cyprus Government in advance of any appointment with Makarios. You should follow call on Archbishop with similar call on Kuchuk.

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 747C.00/2–2559. Confidential. Drafted by Blood. Repeated to London, Paris for USRO, Ankara, and Athens.
  2. Raymond F. Courtney, Consul in Nicosia, June 9, 1954–September 8, 1957.