192. Memorandum of Conversation1


  • President Ford
  • Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense
  • Brent Scowcroft, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs

[Omitted here is discussion unrelated to Cyprus.]

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[Rumsfeld:] Carter has a group working on the Cyprus issue, including Brzezinski etc. Their people are saying the Republicans screwed up with the Greek colonels and didn’t keep them from going into Cyprus. Then Carter meets with the Greeks, makes friends with them, and tells them he has to give the appearance of evenhandedness to solve the problem. Then he says the key to everything is a Cyprus solution. Therefore, the base deals should be scrapped. Instead we should negotiate a 1–2-year base deal and then go after Cyprus.

[Omitted here is discussion unrelated to Cyprus.]

  1. Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, Memoranda of Conversations, Box 20. Secret; Nodis. The meeting was held in the Oval Office.