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US-Turkey Relations / Arms Embargo / Cyprus Affair / Ecevit Interview #54195

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jun 01, 1978
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(Studio) President Carter's continued efforts to get congress repeal of arms embargo to Turkey noted; his statements to congmen. about effect of situation on NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) given. Impt. of Turkey, bordering USSR , to United States and NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) outlined. Dvt. of present situation, stemming from Greek-Turkish conflict over Cyprus, examined; mentioned are Greek-supported coup in Cyprus and subsequent Turkish invasion of island, using United States arms and resulting in United States arms embargo against Turkey. Films shown. Turkish cutback in number of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) troops allowed stationed there noted. Interview with Turkey Prime Min. Bulent Ecevit shown; his attendance at Washington, DC NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) conference mentioned. [ECEVIT - has impression that Carter will put all weight on getting Congress to repeal arms embargo, because of Turkey's important to alliance and to peace. Doesn't want to leave NATO, but obviously if arms embargo isn't lifted, Turkey's ability to contribute to collective defense will be reduced considerably. States amount of deterioration of Turkish military effectiveness due to embargo.] Anchor asks if there's solution to Cyprus issue. [ECEVIT - says Cyprus issue must be divorced from US-Turkey relations Even if arms embargo not lifted, Turkey will move to reach solution to Cyprus problem and to ease tension between Turkey and Greece.] Influence on Congress that relations between Turkey and Greece in next month could have, with Senate vote on embargo expected in early summer, noted.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

Walters, Barbara

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