INTRODUCTION: For the first time in two and a half years, Greek Cypriot reporters and cameramen have been allowed into the Turkish-controlled sector of Nicosia.
INTRODUCTION: For the first time in two and a half years, Greek Cypriot reporters and cameramen have been allowed into the Turkish-controlled sector of Nicosia. The newsmen were allowed in by the Turkish authorities for a series of three news conferences given by United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, Greek Cypriot leader Archbishop Makarios and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash.
SYNOPSIS: It was the first time since the end of hostilities between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities in 1974 that permission had been given for the Greek journalists to enter the Turkish zone. The Visnews cameraman who photographed these scenes is himself a Greek Cypriot and had not been into the Turkish zone in that time.
At Mr Denktash's news conference at the Saray Hotel, the journalists were warmly welcomed by Turkish Cypriot officials.
Mr Denktash said at the conference it was realistic to think in terms of a year to 18 months before a settlement could be reached on the problems of the divided island. However, both he and Archbishop Makarios were hopeful that a solution could be reached. He said the present generation would have to make sacrifices in order to provide a new and peaceful Cyprus.