• Short Summary

    While Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders were meeting in New York in moves to find a solution to the Cyprus problem, about one thousand Greek Cypriot teachers began a strike and demonstration in Nicosia on Monday (8 September).

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    While Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders were meeting in New York in moves to find a solution to the Cyprus problem, about one thousand Greek Cypriot teachers began a strike and demonstration in Nicosia on Monday (8 September).

    They were demonstrating in support of the Greek side and for a continuation of the ban by the United States on arms sales to Turkey.

    Before marching -- in a peaceful demonstration -- on the United States Embassy, the teachers were reported to have voted unanimously for a petition to be delivered to the American Ambassador, requesting Congress not to vote for renewed military aid for Turkey.

    Banners carried by the marchers, urged United States Congress members to uphold democratic traditions and oppose any moves for partition of the island.

    Police blocked the roads leading to the Embassy but the marchers walked around or over the barriers to deliver the petition. They said they would remain outside the building for twenty-four hours to complete the demonstration.

    Cyprus has been divided geographically and ethnically since the Turks invaded Cyprus after the debacle by the Greek activist EOKA-B organisation, which forced Cyprus President Archbishop Makarios to flee. He later returned to the island after the invasion and demise of EOKA.

    The Turkish forces still show no signs of leaving the island despite demands from the Greek Government in Athens and the Greek Cypriots. Many Greeks were forced to abandon their homes after the invasion, but so too were Turkish Cypriots.

    A prime reason for the presence of their forces, say the Turks, is to protect their own people.

    Meanwhile the United States Congress has twice rejected a request by President Ford to renew arms sales to Turkey banned at the time of the invasion. The Turks have retaliated by formally taking over most of the American military bases in Turkey. And, they have threatened to force the United States to withdraw altogether -- unless arms supplies flow again.

    Reports from Washington say that President Ford is expected to try once more, fairly soon, to persuade Congress to vote for sales to start again.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1ABLEGJJHNSYT7KJLUUPG24NJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA1ABLEGJJHNSYT7KJLUUPG24NJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/09/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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