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    The Greek Foreign Minister, Georges Rallis, has told the United Nations General Assembly that Turkey is guilty of violating human rights on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus Turkish troops invaded Cyprus five years ago -- to prevent what they said was an attempt by Greece to annex the island.

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    The Greek Foreign Minister, Georges Rallis, has told the United Nations General Assembly that Turkey is guilty of violating human rights on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus Turkish troops invaded Cyprus five years ago -- to prevent what they said was an attempt by Greece to annex the island. At least 200,000 people wee displaced in the subsequent fighting and refugees now living in camps have little prospect of returning to their homes. Mr. Rallis said thousands of people had mysteriously disappeared since the invasion.

    SYNOPSIS: Mr. Rallis addressed the General Assembly on Tuesday (25 September), during the afternoon session.

    The Greek Foreign Minister said his country had taken steps to protect people against abuses of power 25 centuries ago. But, he said, since the Turks invaded Cyprus five years ago, the human rights of island's population had been trampled upon. The suffering of the two hundred thousand refugees during the occupation bore painful testimony to this, he said.

    Mr. Rallis said more than two thousand people had disappeared in Cyprus -- and their fate was still unknown. Attempts by the United Nations to reach a settlement have so far met with no success. The island remains divided with a boundary -- known as the Attila line -- separating the 170,000 Turks from about half a million Greeks.

    The President of Cyprus, Spyros Kyprianou, wants the island united and independent. But there are deep differences between him and the Turkish Military Commander, Rauf Denktash. United Nations Secretary General, Kurt Waldheim, has been closely involved in talks between the two sides -- the latest of which began in June this year. The Greek Foreign Minister said the talks had raised hopes that the fate of the missing two thousand Cypriots would be revealed. But the inter-communal discussions between the Turks and the Cypriots broke down and so far there has been no word on their resumption.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABPM7L2X9J0LHDGNZPYHMJJTML
    Media URN:
    VLVABPM7L2X9J0LHDGNZPYHMJJTML
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/09/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
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    N/A

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