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    Archbishop Makarios visited some of the 200,000 Greek Cypriot refugees in their camps in Larnaca and Dhekelie on Monday (9 December).

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    Archbishop Makarios visited some of the 200,000 Greek Cypriot refugees in their camps in Larnaca and Dhekelie on Monday (9 December).

    The visits were his first sine his return to Cyprus on Saturday (7 December).

    The Archbishop, who was overthrown by a coup in July, was warmly received by the refugees -- some of them were in tears when they saw him.

    Many swarmed around him trying to touch him. Others chanted "Makarios is our leader" and "Long live Makarios".

    The Archbishop described what he saw as "very sad".

    Archbishop Makarios' return, however, met with a cool reception from the Turkish Cypriot community. Their leader, Mr. Rauf Denktash, called it a "strange new peace-making role".

    SYNOPSIS: Since the war in Cyprus, about two hundred thousand Greek Cypriot refugees have been living in camps liks these on the outskirts of the southern town of Larnaca and on the British base in Dhekelia. On Monday, they were visited -- for the first time -- by Archbishop Makarios. The Archbishop fled the island five months ago after being overthrown by a coup. He returned to the island on Saturday.

    The Archbishop's return was enthusiastically welcomed by the Greek Cypriot community on the island. Reception from the Turkish Cypriot community was, however, cool. Their leader, Mr. Re???f Denktash, called the Archbishop's return as a "strange peace-making role". But the support from his own Greek Cypriots -- as demonstrated by the visit to the visit to the camps -- was touching. Many were in tears when they saw him ... others tried to touch him. They were chanting "Makarios is Our Leader" and "Long live Makarios".

    Archbishop Makarios described what he saw at the camps as "very sad". Earlier in the day, the Archbishop told foreign newsmen that he would be able to find a just solution to the Cyprus problem. He added he was confident that talks for a settlement with Turkish Cypriots would resume, Meanwhile, reports said a new crisis was developing on the island. This followed a disclosure that the Archbishop had been given fifteen days by some of this supporters to produce a fresh mandate for negotiations with the Turks.

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