The Greek Government has mounted an aid programme to assist Greek Cypriots left homeless and hungry by the fighting on the Island.
The Greek Government has mounted an aid programme to assist Greek Cypriots left homeless and hungry by the fighting on the Island. The Government has ordered a continuous flow of goods from the port of Piraeus, making use of requisitioned freighters.
So far hundreds of tons of food - largely flour, milk and sugar; pharmaceutical goods and other equipment have been sent to the battered Island.
The aid programme is under the personal supervision of the Greek Premier, Mr. Karamanlis, assisted by officials from the Ministries of Commerce and Social Welfare.
On Cyprus itself, the President, Mr. Glafkos Clerides, said on Wednesday (21 August) that his Government was doing all it could to assist refugees. He said, however, much of the food in Nicosia was in the hands of the Turks. The President said he's asked the United Nations to intervene in an effort to have supplies released.
Mr. Clerides also said there was the danger of serious epidemics breaking out in the make-shift refugee camps. He alleged that already there was a dysentery problem among families clustered together near the British base at Dhekelia. The British deny it.
SYNOPSIS: The freighter Eleistria, berthed in Piraeus Harbour, is one of the requisitioned freighters being used in the Greek relief programme to assist refugee in Cyprus. The Greek Government has ordered a continuous flow of supplies to Greek Cypriots left homeless and hungry by the fighting on the Island.
The foodstuffs being sent to Cyprus include bags of flour and sugar and crates of canned milk.
In addition, the Greek Government is sending pharmaceutical goods and other equipment, in a programme personally supervised by the Premier, Mr. Karamanlis. On the Island itself, the President, Mr. Glafkos Clerides, has visited one of the Greek Cypriot refuge camps, outside the British base at Dhekelia. Dysentery is allegedly a problem thee, and the President warned of the danger of more serious epidemics.