Greek-Cypriots launched a series of demonstrations and parades in Nicosia on Tuesday (22 October) "to focus attention on the drama of Cyprus".
Greek-Cypriots launched a series of demonstrations and parades in Nicosia on Tuesday (22 October) "to focus attention on the drama of Cyprus". The demonstrations, organised by trade unions and professional associations, will continue daily until Monday (28 October) when the Untied Nations is to begin its debate on Cyprus.
Tuesday's demonstrators marched to the Presidential Palace, where Acting-President Glafkos Clerides met the trade union leaders. He reiterated that the Cyprus delegations to the United Nations, led by Archbishop Makarios, "will, exert every effort to achieve a favourable General Assembly resolution". But, he added, there could be no settlement until all "displaced persons" had returned to their homes.
The demonstrations later went to the Greek Embassy, where they handed in a resolution calling for a speedy settlement of the Cyprus problem.
While the demonstrations were continuing, 170 Greek-Cypriot prisoners of war were exchanged for 325 Turkish-Cypriot prisoners at the Ledra Palace Hotel, Nocisia. The exchange took place under the auspices of the United Nations peace-keeping force, who sue the Hotel as a stronghold on the "green line" dividing Greek and Turkish sectors of the capital.
SYNOPSIS: Acting-President of Cyprus, Glafkos Clerides spoke to Greek-Cypriot demonstrators outside the Presidential Palace in Nicosia on Tuesday. The demonstration was part of a series "to focus attention on the drama of Cyprus".
Mr. Clerides told his listeners that every effort would be made to achieve a "favourable resolution" when the United Nations discusses Cyprus next Monday.
The pickets then marched to the Greek Embassy to call upon the Greek Government to support Cyprus at the United Nations. They handed in a resolution appealing for a speedy settlement.
The demonstrations, organised by trade unions and professional bodies, will continue all week, culminating with mass rallies in the capital on Sunday. Refugee families and relatives of war victims will also take part.
Also in Nicosia on Tuesday of further exchange of prisoners of war took place.
Relatives watched one hundred and seventy Greek-Cypriot prisoners and three hundred and twenty-five Turkish-Cypriots being released. The exchange took place at the Ledra Palace Hotel, headquarters of the Untied Nations peace-keeping force in Nicosia. The Hotel is one the "green line" dividing Greek and Turkish sectors of the capital.
The prisoners of war constitute a major problem for settling the Cyprus dispute. Both side desire the swift return of all "displaced persons", including refugees on the island. Some of the prisoners have been away from their families since fighting broke out in July.