The 30,000-strong Turkish force on Cyprus has been put on special alert pending the return of Archbishop Makarios tomorrow (7 December) -- five months after fleeing from coup by the Greek-officered National Guard.
GV & SV Turkish commandos running along country road (2 shots)
GV Main square, Nicosia Turkish quarter
SV Turkish flag on building (2 shots)
GV Makarios portraits at foot of memorial (2 shots)
SV Makarios posters on walls (3 shots)
GV Greek flag outside Makarios palace (2 shots)
GV Archbishop's chair waiting to be unloaded in courtyard
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Background: The 30,000-strong Turkish force on Cyprus has been put on special alert pending the return of Archbishop Makarios tomorrow (7 December) -- five months after fleeing from coup by the Greek-officered National Guard.
The Archbishop returns despite threats from the Turks to call off talks on constitutional problems the acting President, Greek-Cypriot leader Glafkos Clerides, and Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash.
Mr. Denktash has said that future negotiations depend on developments once the Archbishop returns.
In Greek-Cypriot quarters of Nicosia, pictures of the Archbishop have already appeared everywhere in the streets, and thousands of people are reported making for the city for a mass rally to welcome him back.
SYNOPSIS: The thirty-thousand Turkish troops on Cyprus have been placed on special alert, pending the return of Archbishop Makarios on Saturday. The Greek-Cypriot leader is due to resume his Presidency five months after fleeing from the coup engineered by the Greek-officered National Guard. The Turks are anxious about political developments once the Archbishop returns.
The Turks have threatened to call off current talks if the Archbishop repeats his statement that he will not accept a solution based on the geographical separation of the two communities. There have been regular weekly meetings between Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash and acting president Glafkos Clerides.
Meantime, in Greek-Cypriot areas of Nicosia, pictures and posters of the Archbishop have begun appearing everywhere in the streets. Thousands of people were reported to be making for the city to take part in a mass rally to welcome the Archbishop back. During the last few days, he has been in Athens, completing talks with Greek Prime Minister Constantine Karamanlis, working out a common approach to the Cyprus issue.
The Archbishop's Palace has been prepared for his return. There were initial reports that he had died in Nicosia during the July fighting, before the true story of his escape via a British base became know. Elaborate security arrangements have been made on the Greek-Cypriot side for the Archbishop's return.