Delegates from more than 30 countries joined Greek-Cypriote at a conference in Nicosia on Saturday (19 July).
Delegates from more than 30 countries joined Greek-Cypriote at a conference in Nicosia on Saturday (19 July). The conference was to remember the Turkish invasion of the northern part of Cyprus one year ago and the coup against President Makarios.
Among those attending the conference, which marks International Solidarity Week, were representative from Britain, the United State and Greece and members of the Soviet presidium.
At the opening session they heard Greek-Cypriot Foreign Minister, John Christophides, speaking about the problems faced by relatives of at least 2,500 missing Greek-Cypriots believed to be in Turkish hands. Bids by U.N. and Red Cross workers to trace them have been unsuccessful. Mr. Glafkos Clerides, Greek-Cypriot negotiator at the Cyprus community talks, was among those present.
A document produced at the meeting repeated a resolution passed at the World Congress of Peace Forces in London on May 10 calling for the withdrawal of all foreign troops from Cyprus and the return of all refugees to their homes.
The Turkish-Cypriots were planning to mark the first anniversary of the invasion with a three-day celebration on their side of the ceasefire line.
The U.N. Peace Force was put on limited alert but both the Greek and Turkish communities have assured it there will be no violence.