258. Telegram From the Embassy in Cyprus to the Department of State0

454. Deptel 397.1 I discussed question of Turkish representative with FonMin and VP Kutchuk in February, but it has not come up since [Page 525] then either in talks with Greek and Turkish Cypriot officials or with representatives of three guarantor powers. We have thus concluded Turkish Cypriots were going along with present arrangements and that for us to raise issue during recent communal crisis would have involved US in dispute. Situation has, however, been improving during past few days and I will pass word to Makarios through Georkadjis that communal relations might be further benefited if higher ranking Turk such as Plumer could accompany him to US.2

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 780A.11/4–762. Confidential. Repeated to Ankara, Athens, and London.
  2. Telegram 397, April 5, reads: “We are inclined believe inclusion ranking Turk in Makarios official party for Washington visit would not only be appropriate but might be useful contribution to badly needed improvement communal relations on island. If you agree, please ensure Makarios made aware our views through whatever means you consider best.” (Ibid., 780A.11/4–562)
  3. In telegram 460, April 10, Wilkins reported that Makarios declined to include a Turkish Cypriot in his delegation on the grounds that the visit was not “official in the sense that it was not for negotiation,” but would include a ranking Turkish member of the Cypriot Embassy in the official party. (Ibid., 780A.11/4–1062)