The Turkish-Cypriot leader in Cyprus, Mr. Rauf Denktash, said on Saturday (27 July), that Turkish?
The Turkish-Cypriot leader in Cyprus, Mr. Rauf Denktash, said on Saturday (27 July), that Turkish forces would continue to advance until the Greek-Cypriots released about twenty thousand members of the Turkish community who are being held in Limassol and other towns.
Despite this warning however, a United Nations spokesman said the Turkish forces had stopped their advance after pushing out from territory they captured early in their landings in Cyprus a week ago.
In the Football Stadium at Limassol, the Greek-Cypriot National Guard are keeping one-thousand-six-hundred men hostage in an improvised prison camp. At another camp at Larnaca on the coast, there are another eight-hundred Turkish-Cypriot hostages - all men of fighting age.
The hostages in the Limassol Football Stadium are living in primitive conditione, with very little relief from the blazing sun. The hostages in the Larnaca camp are in a similar plight, and have recently been digging trenches as makeshift latrines.
The Greek-Cypriots say these hostages are being held to dissuade the Turkish forces from bombing Limassol and from making any further advances against areas held by the National Guard.
In return, the Turkish Army has surrounded Greek-Cypriot enclaves, including the village of Bellapais near Kyrenia, as bargaining counters for the cafety of Turkish areas controlled by the Greek-Cypriots.
Just as thousands of Turkish-Cypriots have been displaced in the south, so thousands of Greeks have been displaced in the north of the island, following the Turkish invasion. One effect of the fighting will inevitably be a greater separation of the island's two communities, whatever the agreement reached in Geneva.