Nicosia was quiet on Friday (2 August) after a night of spasmodic firing across the "green line", which separates Turkish and Greek Cypriot forces.
Nicosia was quiet on Friday (2 August) after a night of spasmodic firing across the "green line", which separates Turkish and Greek Cypriot forces. Canadians in the Untied Nations peace-keeping force continued their patrols along the line throughout the night.
On Friday morning, however, the atmosphere was quite relaxed. The municipal markets opened for the first time, sidewalk cafes were back in business and the streets were full of traffic.
With the return to normality came a new concorn for the refugees created by the fighting. It's been estimated that at least 15,000 Greek Cypriots are homeless. They've ben turned out of their villages, with only the clothes on the backs. And until the last few days, they were scattered throughout the island, living perilously in village schools and halls.
However, on Friday the Government opened a registration centre manned by civil servants, to organise rehabilitation of the refugees.
The Red Cress, too, has been active. Donations, mostly clothing, has flowed into the capital. The Red Cross centre in Nicosia has been packed with refugees, trying to obtain new clothes.
The Post Office is now tackling the backlog of letters and cables, delayed by the fighting. Residents have been asked to call personally to collect mail and help reduce the load on Post Office employees. A cable centre has also ben established, temporarily replacing the old one which is on the "green line".