Israel Sends High Official to Cyprus; Acts on Diplomatic Relations

Arthur Liveran, head of the Foreign Ministry’s Division of British Commonwealth Affairs, left for Cyprus today on a special mission in connection with the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and the new Cyprus Republic. Cyprus achieved independence yesterday.

The Ministry declined to confirm reports that Mr. Liveran was the bearer of a special message on this subject from the Government of Israel to the new Cypriote President, Bishop Makarios.

Israel’s move is an aftermath to mounting pressure by the United Arab Republic, aimed to prevent the establishment of regular diplomatic relations between this country and Cyprus. Cairo Radio has broadcast a claim that Cyprus has decided to establish and Embassy in Cairo, and has rejected the suggestion of accrediting an Israeli Embassy at Nicosia. Neither of these claims by Cairo has proven true, so far.

Israel has long had a consulate at Nicosia. Cyprus had originally planned to open only four full Embassies –at Athens, Ankara, London and Washington, and to have only consulates in ten or 12 other countries, including Israel.

Indicating Israel’s expanding contacts with new nations, it was announced here today that regular teleprinter service has been established between Israel and the Republic of the Congo and the Mali Federation.

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