The first groups of Greek-Cypriots have been allowed to return to their homes in the Turkish occupied north of Cyprus.
LV & CU Luggage and belongings loaded onto lorries (3 shots)
SV People watch
SV People carrying luggage (2 shots)
CU & SV Refugees shaking hands with friends and relatives (3 shots)
SV & CU Man boards bus: U.N. officer with checklist (2 shots)
LV Refugees board bus
CU Refugees shaking hands and waving from window
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Background: The first groups of Greek-Cypriots have been allowed to return to their homes in the Turkish occupied north of Cyprus.
Most Greek-Cypriots regard the repatriation as overdue. During the last month they had watched bitterly as thousands of Turkish-Cypriots moved from the Greek southern area to the Turkish stronghold, north of the Atilla Line. The line was drawn by the victorious Turkish army after their successful invasion last year.
The fact that the Turkish families were being settled in nomes and properties abandoned by the Greeks at the time of the invasion added to Greek-Cypriot bitterness. But Mr. Glafkos Clerides, their representative at the recent Vienna peace talks, promised that Greek-Cypriots would be able to resettle.
A group of 45 Greek-Cypriots who left Nicosia on Monday (1 September) care the largest batch to be repatriated. They were leaving friends but most boarded the bus happily as they were returning to their families in the Karpasian area of Northern Cyprus.