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.
LV Chanting demonstrators marching beneath banners
CU PAN Distraught woman marching
CU Demonstrators with banners "Turks you are human too, please help", "We ask for help from your country to save our children" (2 shots)
GV Archbishop's Palace
SV & LV Chanting demonstrators reach palace and ground around railings (2 shots)
SV & CU Women lean through railings waving photographs of relatives
CU Distraught women (5 shots)
SCU PAN Makarios walks out of palace, guards quieten crowd (2 shots)
SCU Archbishop addresses crowd
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Background: 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.