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    Thousands of people took part in an emotional demonstration through the streets of Nicosia on Monday (22 September) the day before Cyprus President Makarios was due to leave for crucial talks at the United Nations.

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    Thousands of people took part in an emotional demonstration through the streets of Nicosia on Monday (22 September) the day before Cyprus President Makarios was due to leave for crucial talks at the United Nations.

    The crowd, many of them sobbing women dressed in black, and holding up photos of missing sons and husbands, was calling for action to find about 2,500 Greek refugees said to be missing since the Turkish invasion of Cyprus last June and July. The invasion displaced 200,000 of the island's 530,000 Greek Cypriots and the Greeks claim 2,500 are still unaccounted for.

    They claim their loved-ones are being held by the Turkish army in Northern Cyprus but the Turks insist they are not holding any missing refugees.

    As the demonstrators became more distraught they tired to push down the gates of the presidential palace and called for Archbishop Makarios who spoke to the crowd and assured them he would put their case to the United Nations.

    At the U.N. this week delegates will debate a possible solution to the Cyprus troubles. The Greek Cypriots are prepared to give up 25 per cent of the island to Turkish Cypriot occupation, which will make a division in the two communities. However, this does not appeal to the Turks who already control 36 per cent. The Turkish Cypriot community is bitterly divided over a decision by their leader, Mr. Rauf Denktash, to call for a unilateral declaration of independence and his opponents say this would be playing right into Greek hands.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1EOPAE7TNE5TH4BJT29MJ5PGI
    Media URN:
    VLVA1EOPAE7TNE5TH4BJT29MJ5PGI
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/09/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
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    N/A

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