• Short Summary

    In Nicosia, Greek-Cypriot President Glafkos Clerides on Tuesday (17 September) warned the people of Cyprus that tough times lie ahead.

  • Description

    In Nicosia, Greek-Cypriot President Glafkos Clerides on Tuesday (17 September) warned the people of Cyprus that tough times lie ahead. He called on them to tighten their belts and be ready to forego their present standard of living.

    Speaking at a press conference after the first official exchange of prisoners on the war-torn island, Mr. Clerides said that achieving lasting peace on Cyprus would be a "very long struggle."
    Speaking with passion, Mr. Clerides said there should not be the slightest misconception, either in Cyprus or abroad, that there could be any peaceful solution to the island's problems with forty per cent of Cyprus or abroad, that there could be any peaceful solution to the island's problems with forty per cent of Cyprus occupied by the Turkish army, and two hundred thousand people homeless.

    The area occupied by Turkey accounts for an estimated seventy per cent of the island's Gross National Product, and severe cuts in government as wall as private spending are expected.

    Exuberant crowds greeted two hundred and forty-four sick and wounded Greek and Turkish-Cypriot prisoners who crossed the divided city of Nicosia to their own zones on Tuesday (17 September) in the first formal prisoner exchange since the Turkish invasion on 20 July.

    The one hundred and twenty-eight Turkish-Cypriots and one hundred and sixteen Greek-Cypriots were released under International Red Cross supervision.

    Nearly all were civilians aged between eighteen and fifty.

    In interviews after their release, former captives on both sides alleged they had beaten up by troops and that food had been in short supply.

    This film ends with part of Mr. Clerides' speech.

    A transcript follows:
    SYNOPSIS: As the first prisoner exchange took place in Nicosia on Tuesday, Greek Cypriot President Glafkos Clearides warned his people that tough times lie ahead and called on them to tighten their belts and be ready to tighten their belts and be ready to forego their present standard of living.

    One hundred and sixteen Greek Cypriots were released under International Red Cross supervision, while one hundred and twenty-eight Turkish Cypriots crossed to their side of the divided city. There were allegations from both groups of ex-prisoners that they had been beaten up by troops and that food had been in short supply.

    Emotional scenes greeted the Greek-Cypriots as they were reunited with their families...... for most it was the first time they'd seen them since the Turkish invasion on July the twentieth.

    At his Tuesday's press conference Mr. Clerides warned of future austerity measures, then outlined his conditions for a negotiated settlement....

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABSBGHSIR7PHUZFUQNP6MF75Q3
    Media URN:
    VLVABSBGHSIR7PHUZFUQNP6MF75Q3
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/09/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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