In Cyprus the ceasefire agreement signed in Geneva on Tuesday (30 July) seems to be working.
In Cyprus the ceasefire agreement signed in Geneva on Tuesday (30 July) seems to be working. On Wednesday (31 July) British, Greek, Turkish and United Nations' officers were drawing up demarcation lines determining the Greek Cypriot and Turkish positions.
The United Nations' Commander on the island received only one complaint on Wednesday. President Glafkos Clerides said Turkish troops had violated the ceasefire by allegedly shelling -- from warships -- areas around Kyrenia on the island's north coast. But apart from this claim, Cyprus was reported quiet.
Earlier Mr. Clerides had praised the agreement as a means of halting the Turkish advance. He'll be at the next round of talks in Geneva in a week's time. He says he will explore all chances for peace, including the possibility of a federated Cyprus. In Nicosia on Wednesday John Bierman of the B.B.C. spoke to him:
After two weeks of war commercial life on the island is beginning to return to normal -- particularly in the Greek-dominated areas. In Nicosia, on Wednesday, the end to the fighting meant the re-opening of sops and bans. Many Greek Cypriots have given a cool reception to the peace agreement, saying it gives the Turks all the advantages. But the Turkish community, naturally, welcomed it. Turkish community spokesman Rauf Denktash spoke to another B.B.C. reporter: