Schools in Cyprus are slowly resuming normal lessons as the buildings are emptied of the refugees who have been sheltering in them for the last few months.
GV Students gathered in play ground listening to Head Master's speech (4 shots)
GV & SV Students playing in school playground. (2 shots)
Gv Refugees in Camp near Nicosia.
SV Turkish prisoners arriving by coach at U.N. site
SV Turkish prisoners off coach as Greek prisoner await boarding. (2 shots)
SV Clerides walks forward and speaks to press. (2 shots)
GTV Crowds waiting at Ledra Palace Hotel for Greek prisoners.
SV & CU Prisoners talking to relatives from coach windows. (2 shots)
TV Prisoners leave coach and mingle with relatives. (2 shots)
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Background: Schools in Cyprus are slowly resuming normal lessons as the buildings are emptied of the refugees who have been sheltering in them for the last few months.
The United Nations estimated that 17,000 refugees where housed in schools.
The problem of housing these people has become critical as the plight of most has increased with the onset of winter.
Meanwhile, the exchange of prisoners of war has continued.
Although a meeting between Greek and turkish Cypriot leaders on Friday (18 October) called off the exchange, about 650 prisoners were exchanged as planned.
Three hundred Greek Cypriots were brought from detention centres in Southern Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots from Limassol in southwest Cyprus.
Thousands of people thronged the streets on both sides of the "Green Line" which separates the Greeks and Turks in Nicosia. There were emotional scenes outside the Ledra palace Hotel where Greek prisoners were reunited with their relatives after there months apart.
SYNOPSIS: Cyprus President Glafkos clerides was present during the exchange. He was schedule to talk with Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash on humanitarian issues, but the meeting was called off.
In front of Nicosia's Ledra Palace Hotel there were emotional reunions between Greek prisoners and their relatives.