334. Telegram From the Embassy in Greece to the Department of State0

1114. Rome for Liaison. Conclusion that prevalent Turkish mood respecting Cyprus (Ankara telegram 1014 to Department)1 is “resentful, aggrieved, stubborn” and inclined to revert to “Partition or Death” slogan, seems unduly pessimistic, as viewed from here. As indicated Embtel 1073,2 Greek Government, although obviously aggrieved party in Deniz case, maintains its determination to see Zurich-London agreements implemented, and we gather from recent telegrams from Embassy London and Consulate General Nicosia that this too is position UK and Cypriot communities. We recognize that once hurdle negotiations [Page 801] are completed and Cypriot republic becomes fact, its chances of survival will be to major degree dependent upon support of Greek and Turkish Governments. I hope therefore that Texel was speaking for himself alone, and would note that Turkish Ambassador Athens Vergin maintains his opinion and I believe sincere belief that his government will faithfully implement Zurich-London agreement.

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 747C.00/10–2759. Secret. Repeated to London, Ankara, Nicosia, Paris for USRO, and Rome.
  2. See footnote 1, Document 333.
  3. Telegram 1073 from Athens, October 22, reported on public and official Greek reaction to the news of the seizure of the Deniz. (Department of State, Central Files, 747C.00/10–2259)