In Cyprus on Thursday (15 July) Greek Cypriots observed the second anniversary of the Greek-inspired coup which led to the temporary removal from office of President Makarios.
SV Pedestrians and cars stopped for three minutes silence (7 shots)
SV Demonstrators carrying placards going to Eleftheria Square and crowd applauding
SV Demonstrators carrying Cyprus flags towards camera (2 shots)
GV Demonstrators in Eleftheria Square (4 shots)
The idea for the international conference was put forward by the Soviet Union. Both Britain -- whose troops are on the island for the United Nations -- and the United States have opposed the idea. A senior Turkish Cypriot official, Mr. Vedat Celik, has said that the Cyprus problem could not be solved under existing United Nations resolutions, which did not take into account the realities of Cyprus and which were passed in the absence of a Turkish Cypriot representative. He added that the Turkish Cypriot community was opposed to an international conference and would never take part in one.
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Background: In Cyprus on Thursday (15 July) Greek Cypriots observed the second anniversary of the Greek-inspired coup which led to the temporary removal from office of President Makarios.
SYNOPSIS: In Nicosia on Thursday morning, everyone stopped for three minutes silence in memory of those who died during the coup.
It was the coup which led to the Turkish invasion of the island and the resultant hostilies between the Greek and Turkish communities. Later, demonstrators marching to Nicosia's Eleftheria Square carried banners calling on foreign troops to go home and against a NATO solution for Cyprus. At present, a force of United Nations troops is in Cyprus to keep the peace and police the demilitarised zone between the two communities.
At eleftheria Square, government members were among the large crowd who were addressed by the Mayor of Nicosia, Mr. Lellos Demetriades. The government of President Makarios is said to be in favour of an international conference under United Nations auspices to solve the Cyprus question.