85711 - Zurich 1959

N. Lygeros

The situation was extremely difficult.
Hotel Dolder.
The Turkish ambassador to London was invited.
The Greek opposite number wasn’t.
A series of accords was signed there.
The terms were even worse.
Zurich was harder than Paris.
He was at the limit.
He considered resigning his post.
But he didn’t do it.
He thought only after
that it would be a gift
to the far right and the communists.
The Zurich accords
between the Greek and Turkish prime ministers
sealed the fate of Cyprus.
The problem for him was
too much diplomacy
too little love.
His last hope was London
but nothing was obvious.
It was a question of duty
and loyalty.