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    A tenth of the present population in Cyprus has taken refuge in British base areas on the island since the Turkish invasion last month.

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    A tenth of the present population in Cyprus has taken refuge in British base areas on the island since the Turkish invasion last month. At Dhekelia, in the east coast, there are more than sixty thousand Greek-Cypriots, but only two hundred Turkish-Cypriots.

    Many of the refugees at Dhekelia flocked into the base area from Famagusta and Larnaca when the Turkish Army renewed its offensive after the breakdown of the Cyprus peace talks in Geneva last Wednesday. The Cyprus Government appealed on Sunday (18 August) to the United Nations Commissioner for Refugees, and claimed that there were now two hundred thousand refugees on the island as a result of the fighting.

    On the same day a British military spokesman said there were nearly 70,000 Greek and Turkish Cypriot refugees -- out of a total population of 660,000 -- now living at the British bases of Dhekelia and Episkopi.

    On Saturday, a Red Cross officials estimated the number of refugees on the island at about 100,000 -- half the number given by the Cypriot Government.

    Amid the uncertainty about the ceasefire, the refugees present a huge and growing problem for the Cyprus Government, the international relief agencies, as well as the British military authorities at the sovereign bases of Dhekelia and Episkopi.

    SYNOPSIS: Since the breakdown of the Cyprus peace talks in Geneva last Wednesday, refugees have been flocking into the British military base at Dhekelia in the south of Cyprus. Many of them came from Famagusta and Larnaca when the Turkish Army renewed its offensive.

    It was revealed on Sunday that a tenth of the present population of Cyprus has now taken refuge in the British base areas on the island. At Dhekelia, there are more than sixty thousand Greek-Cypriots, but only two hundred Turkish-Cypriots. The Greek-Cypriots outnumber the Turkish-Cypriots four to one on the island. The British military authorities claim that there are nearly seventy-thousand Greek and Turkish Cypriot refugees sheltering in the two British sovereign bases at Dhekelia and Episkopi.

    Amid the uncertainty about the ceasefire, the refugees present a huge and growing problem for the Cyprus Government, the international relief agencies, as well as the British military authorities at the sovereign bases. The Cyprus Government has appealed for help form the United Nations' Commissioner for Refugees.

    The British forces are already carrying most of the responsibility for providing the refugees inside the bases with food, water, and shelter. On Saturday, they also distributed five thousand pounds of freshly baked bread, three tons of flour, twelve-thousand tins of baby food, and five hundred tins of baby milk to the Greek-Cypriot authorities, for refugees outside British jurisdiction.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4BBSY4LOG8Q8LAX1JVIN0Q8NL
    Media URN:
    VLVA4BBSY4LOG8Q8LAX1JVIN0Q8NL
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/08/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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