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    The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, is in Cyprus to co-ordinate aid for the estimated 200,000 Cypriots who have been driven from their homes in the recent fighting.

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    The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, is in Cyprus to co-ordinate aid for the estimated 200,000 Cypriots who have been driven from their homes in the recent fighting.

    On Saturday (24 August) he visited a church near Nicosia where about 200 Greek Cypriots have taken refuge. He was told by one of them that food was in short supply and then he was introduced to a fourteen year-old boy who had been wounded in the head after the rest of his family had been killed, except for the father who was absent in Libya.

    Prince Sadruddin and his aides attempted to take the boy away for medical treatment, promising to bring him back later. At first one of the Turkish army officers controlling the area agreed, but as the boy was entering the U.N. car another Turkish officer dragged him away and forced him to return to the church.

    At the start of his visit to Cyprus Prince Sadruddin said that the U.N. was trying to aid the people who have been affected by the tragic events in Cyprus and help them to lead as normal a life as possible. He also indicated that the U.N. might launch an international appeal for refugee aid in Cyprus.

    BBC reporter Mike McKay was with Prince Sadruddin and his delegation during the visit to the church. A transcript of his description of the incident, together with conversation between the U.N. delegation, Greek Cypriot refugees and Turkish officers follows.

    SYNOPSIS: The United Nations Commissioner for Refugees, Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, is in Cyprus to study the problems faced by the island's estimated two hundred thousand refugees who have been made homeless during the recent fighting. On Saturday he visited a church near Nicosia where two hundred Greek Cypriots are effectively imprisoned by the turkish army. B.B.C. reporter Mike McKay was there to record what happened.....

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1RLY9O8WGED6NARRU23LHDU8M
    Media URN:
    VLVA1RLY9O8WGED6NARRU23LHDU8M
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/08/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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