52. Telegram From the Embassy in Greece to the Embassy in Turkey 1

336. Ref: Ankara’s 500.2

We have nothing “firm” from Athens to offer Erkin. Embtel 1812 (333 to Ankara)3 contains confidential report Tuomioja-Papandreou [Page 106] meeting yesterday, which indicates Papandreou still holding to line of enosis. We continue to believe there is no chance of Greek support partition or federation of Cyprus, as apparently demanded by Erkin, although there could likely be guarantees for Turkish minority of Lausanne Treaty type. Other possibilities are those suggested Embtels 1722 and 1759 (318 and 325 to Ankara),4 but even these cannot be put forward as having Greek approval.
Required action for moment seems to me is for Turks to tell Kucuk firmly not to attempt establish de facto partition. I must emphasize that if Turks move to intervene on island, Greeks will react promptly and in force. GOT should be left under no misapprehension on this score.
  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, POL 23–8 CYP. Secret; Flash. Repeated to the Department of State, Nicosia, London, and Paris for USRO. Received in the Department of State at 3:44 p.m. and passed to the White House. The source text is the Department of State copy.
  2. Critic 2 from Ankara (Document 50) was repeated to Athens as telegram 500.
  3. Dated June 4. (Department of State, Central Files, POL 23–8 CYP)
  4. Telegram 1722 is dated May 18. (Ibid.) Telegram 1759 has not been found.