Carter Hopes For A United Cyprus
ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) _ Former President Jimmy Carter said Thursday he was foolish to have suggested nine years ago that the dispute over Cyprus, which is divided between Turkish and Greek communites, be settled in favor of the Greeks.
Carter told a news conference he was under pressure during his election campaign at the time.
″I was very foolish to say that,″ he said. ″One of the obstacles I had to face in coming into office to resolve the Cyprus question was the then existing arms embargo against Turkey.″
Turkish troops invaded Cyprus in 1974 after a Greek-backed coup toppled President Makarios. The island has since been split into northern Turkish and southern Greek sectors.
Carter arrived in Turkey Wednesday from Greece. He met Thursday with Premier Turgut Ozal and President Kenan Evren.