22. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Cyprus1

621. After interview with Secretary reported separate telegram,2 Kyprianou, Clerides, and Rossides had brief talk with President March 6. President expressed hope machinery set up by SC would be sufficient to work out Cyprus problem. Thought it was best we could hope for and stressed extreme importance of peaceful settlement, remarking that most people would rather talk things out than fight. He expressed regret there had been misunderstanding of U.S. attitude. Sent his regards and best wishes to Makarios.

As in prior talk with Secretary, Kyprianou emphasized need for unitary state in Cyprus “with everyone equal” and understanding that Greece and Turkey should have nothing to do with Cyprus.

President commented that unfortunately neither Greek Cypriots nor Turkish Cypriots seemed to think this way. Greek Cypriots thought of themselves as Greek just as much as Turkish Cypriots thought of themselves as Turkish. Feelings ran high on both sides not only on island but in Greece and Turkey as well. Kyprianou stuck to his position.

Conversation was amicable throughout.

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, POL 23–8 CYP. Confidential. Drafted and approved by Jernegan and cleared by Komer for the White House. Also sent to Ankara, Athens, London, and USUN.
  2. Telegram 619 to Nicosia, March 7. (Ibid.)