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    Throughout Tuesday (30 July), as Cyprus peace talks continued in Geneva, the situation on this island itself remained tense.

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    GV EXT UN Vehicle outside Dome Hotel (2 shots)

    SV Civilians sitting or Balcony

    CU ZOOM OUT UN Soldier with radio sitting with civilians

    GV and SV PAN INT. UN Soldier watches from Balcony as civilians listen to radio (2 shots)

    SV Woman with child watches as soldier cleans rifle

    LV PAN EXT from civilians on Balcony to UN armoured vehicles in courtyard (2 shots)

    GV UN vehicle in village of Bellapais

    SV PAN from UN soldier using Binoculars to another using field telephone

    LV people walking streets of Bellapais (2 shots)

    SV and CU men seated outside cafe(2 shots)

    SV Unarmed UN Soldiers joins group of men

    SV PAN UN relief convoy stopped by Turks at green line Nicosia


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    Background: Throughout Tuesday (30 July), as Cyprus peace talks continued in Geneva, the situation on this island itself remained tense. The ceasefire held, although Turkey continued to land more troops and supplies from the mainland on their northern beach-head at Kyrenia.

    Inside the Turkish held areas, the United Nations forces were immobilised by a Turkish order banning their free movement. The Turks also stopped the United Nations forces sending a convoy of urgently needed relief supplies into Kyrenia. The convoy carried food, medical supplies and drinking water for Greek-Cypriot refugees and holidaymakers who have been cut off since the fighting which followed the Turkish invasion on 20 July.

    About a thousand Greek-Cypriots and thirty Britons are holed up in the Dome Hotel in Kyrenia. They are reported to have enough food for the moment, but things could become serious if convoys are not allowed through.

    A U.N. spokesman said the Turks had refused to allow the convoy through on the road from Nicosia to Kyrenia, and the trucks had returned to Nicosia. The Turks suggested to the U.N. officials that they should take over the delivery of supplies to the refugees, but the U.N. authorities refused. The Turks want all U.N. convoys to come under Turkish administration.

    The Turkish military authorities had also given the United Nations until midnight (Tuesday) to leave the Kyrenia area, but a U.N. spokesman said their troops would remain. The force of almost 400 men is protecting the Greek-Cypriots who were cut off - not only in the Dome Hotel, but also in the village of Bellapais and seven other small villages in the area.

    The leader of the Turkish-Cypriot community, Mr. Rauf Denktash, told newsmen that in the Turkish-controlled areas, the Turkish administration was responsible for feeding the people. "These people have not been short of food since they have been in our hands" he said.

    When it was suggested to him that the U.N. were afraid that, if the Turks handled the relief supplies, the Greek-Cypriots would never get them, Mr. Denktash replied "Well, they can watch the distribution if that is their worry."
    He said that the Turks intended to make Kyrenia into a Turkish port and administrative centre. But, he added, Greek-Cypriots would be welcome to re-enter the area when things had settled down.

    SYNOPSIS: United Nations troops continued to guard the one thousand Greek-Cypriots and thirty Britons holed up in the Dome Hotel in Turkish-held port of Kyrenia in Cyprus on Tuesday. The Turkish military authorities had given the U.N. until midnight to move out of the Turkish dominated area around the port, but a United Nations spokesman said they would not be leaving. Many of the people in the hotel have been there since the Turks invaded ten days ago.

    The United Nations force in the area numbers almost four hundred men, and they are there to protect the Greek-Cypriots caught in small enclaves by the Turkish invasion. Throughout Tuesday, the trapped holidaymakers and refugees listened anxiously to news reports on the progress of the Cyprus peace talks in Geneva. The village of Bellapais above Kyrenia is another pocket where the population is predominantly Greek. There are seven other small villages in the area where Greek-Cypriots are surrounded by Turkish forces.

    For the second time the Turks refused to allow he U.N. to send a convoy into the Kyrenia district with relief supplies. It was stopped on the road out of Nicosia. The Turks wanted to distribute the supplies themselves, but the U.N. refused.

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