Greek Cypriot President Glafkos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash tried to bury their differences yesterday (6 September) in an effort to help the estimated 200,000 Cypriot refugees who fled their hemes during the recent fighting.
GV U.N. building
MV Car arrives - Clerides alights
MV Press surround Clerides and Denktash at conference table
CU Clerides PAN TO Denkash beth seated around table
CU Press photographers
MCU Denktash shakes hands with Clerides across table
CU Papers on table PAN UP TO official
MCU PAN ROUND Table including Denktash and Clerides
MV U.S. Bishop (on left) with Italian Bishop PAN ACROSS TO refugees seated in school hall
SV Bishops walking among refugees and talking to same (3 shots)
CU Elderly man and woman seated outside
MV bishops shake hands with refugees
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Background: Greek Cypriot President Glafkos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash tried to bury their differences yesterday (6 September) in an effort to help the estimated 200,000 Cypriot refugees who fled their hemes during the recent fighting.
The two leaders met in a bullet-pocked hotel in Nicosia, right on the Greon Line dividing the Turkish and Greek communities. After a four-hour meeting, the two leaders announced an immediate relief scheme for prisoners. But their agreement did nothing for the majority of refugees.
Details of the relief were not given, but the leaders did agree to compile lists of prisoners and detainees and send them at once to the International Rad Cross -- so that the concern felt by families with relatives missing can be relieved. The two leaders also agreed on reciprocal efforts in trace missing persons.
In the relief scheme, the sick and wounded prisoners get priority, plus these aged under 18 and over 50 years.
The two leaders agreed to held regular weekly meetings to discuss humanitarian issues. And they've decided to meet again to approve a prisoner exchange scheme as seen as it is drawn up by the International Red Cress.
Mr. Clerides has made it clear that he is opposed to the resumption of the Geneva Peace Talks, which broke down last month, until agreement is reached for the return of refugees to their homes.
While the talks were continuing, two Papal envoys -- United States Bishop Joseph Harnett form Philadelphia and Italian Bishop Francisco Fortiri from Calabria -- were making a five-day tour visiting refugee camps. They will be reporting back to the Vatican on relief needed by refugees.
SYNOPSIS: At a hotel an Niceosia's Green Line, dividing the Turkish and Greek communiti??? Greek Cypriet President Glafkes Clerides arrived on Friday for talks crucial to the estimated two-hundred thousand refugees on the island, made homeless by the recent fighting.
President Clerides met Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash. The talks lasted for four hours, and at their conclusion the two men had achieved ene important area of agreement -- they decided to set up an immediate relief scheme for prisoners and detainees held on beth sides.
The two leaders will meet again -- according to Mr. Clerides -- to approve a prisoner exchange scheme as soon as a it is drawn up by the International Red Cross. Details of the relief scheme weren't released. But priority will go to the sick and wounded, the very young and the elder prisoners.
While these talks were underway, two Papal envoys -- bishops from the United States and Italy -- were making a five-day inspection tour of refugee camps. They'll be reporting back to the Vatican on priorities for international relief. This camp is in Larnaca, inhabited By Greek Cypriots who fled from the Turkish advance.
Friday's talks in Nicosia has little effect on the vast majority of refugees. Afterwards, Mr. Clerides announced that there could be no resumption of the Geneva Peace Talks until agreement had been reached for the refugees to return home. Meantime, an estimated third of the island's population is homeless.