Seven delegates from the Greek-American organisation, Ahepa, had talks with acting President Clerides in Nicosia on Thursday (October 3) and then visited Greek refugees in their camps on the island.
GV Interior Clerides seated with members of Ahepa (3 shots) (silent)
SV Exterior refuges camp
SV Ahepa touring the camp
SV Screaming women
SV Ahepa with children
SV and CU Old women
SV People in tent
SV Ahepa speaking with refugees (2 shots)
SV Ahepa continuing tour
CU and SV Refugee in camp (3 shots)
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Background: Seven delegates from the Greek-American organisation, Ahepa, had talks with acting President Clerides in Nicosia on Thursday (October 3) and then visited Greek refugees in their camps on the island.
The party, led by chairman William Tsiriotis, brought with them clothing, tents and medical supplies for the refugees carried in an aircraft provided by American Government. Ahepa has so far donated more than 10,000 tents and other relief supplies to the refugees.
The visit was a fact-finding one from which the delegation hopes to publicise in the United States the needs and living conditions of the refugees. They toured several camps where they listened to pleas from Greek-Cypriot refugees to help them return to their homes.
Before going to Cyprus, they had stopped over in Greece where they had talks on the problems in Cyprus with the Prime Minister, Mr. Karamanlis, and senior Government officials.
Ahepa is an old and well respected organisation with about 60,000 members scattered all over the world. They are mainly in the United States but other come from Australia and Canada. Although they are permanent residents of these countries, they still maintain close ties with Greece.
SYNOPSIS: The delegation came to familiarise themselves with the problems of Greek-Cypriot refugees in order to publicise their cause when they returned to the United States. Their tour of refugee camps was warmly received. Some women were in tears when they saw them, and some pleaded for help to return to their homes.