• Short Summary

    A Finnair aircraft arrived at the British Royal Air Force base at Akrotiri in southern Cyprus on Tuesday (10 September) with a load of 54,000 blankets.

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    A Finnair aircraft arrived at the British Royal Air Force base at Akrotiri in southern Cyprus on Tuesday (10 September) with a load of 54,000 blankets.

    The supplies, for refugees all over the island, are the first from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. The U.N. Commissioner for Refugees, Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, visited the island late last month for a first-hand look at some of the problems confronting the 225,000 refugees.

    10,000 blankets were distributed to displaced persons in the north of the island where the U.N. estimates there are about 20,000 people, 20,000 of whom are Greek Cypriots. The other 44,000 blankets went to southern areas where U.N. estimates indicate there are nearly 199,000 displaced people.

    Arrangements for the distribution of the blankets were made by the Red Cross and the Red Crescent.

    This shipment of blankets marked the beginning of a flow of relief supplies from the U.N. High Commission for Refugees -- the next day another shipment landed in Cyprus which included five tons of medical supplies. Since the beginning of August, 900 tons of medical supplies have been distributed to Greek Cypriots.

    The shipment of blankets arrived in Cyprus on the eve of the second meeting between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders to discuss the vexed question of the release of prisoners held by both sides. Priority for the release will be given to students, the sick, wounded and aged.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADJF2ZYAQ52TATMYTZO38R1UTK
    Media URN:
    VLVADJF2ZYAQ52TATMYTZO38R1UTK
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/09/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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