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    While Turkish forces in Cyprus guard the new "Attila line" dividing the island, small groups of Greek Cypriot refugees remain within the Turkish sector.

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    While Turkish forces in Cyprus guard the new "Attila line" dividing the island, small groups of Greek Cypriot refugees remain within the Turkish sector.

    At Bellapais, near Kyrenia, Greek Cypriots who took refuge during the fighting are facing a serious food shortage.The Turkish troops guarding the village are allowing no-one to leave.

    Both sides are accusing each other of atrocities and each community holds prisoners of the other side, like the refugees in Bellapais and the Turkish Cypriots under guard at lunacy and Limassol. In this situation the refugees' main hopes for relief are in the independent peace-keeping forces of the United Nations.

    But U.N. attempts to bring food and medical help to some of the 200,000 refugees are being hindered by the bitterness on the island.

    A Swedish contingent trying to bring supplies to the 'panhandle' peninsula int eh north-east have been isolated by the Turks and forced to cut their aid by ninety percent. They have ben told supplies could be put to better use helping the Turks in Greek territory.

    The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan,m who had talks with Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders, told Brian Black of Radio Televis Eireann on Thursday (22 August) that it was still too early to make a judgment about the food situation. Black also interviewed one of the Greek Cypriot refugees at Bellapais. The two interviews are serviced with this film. A transcript follows.

    SYNOPSIS: The pretty village on ??? llapais, near Kyrenia in the north ??? the Turkish-held territory in Cyprus. It is one of the centers where thousands of Greek Cypriot refugees, evacuated during the fighting, are now cut off from outsider help.

    Turkish soldiers patrol the old fortifications and let nobody out In other parts of the furkish sector, similar camps have no electricity and food is ???ce. But the Turkish army has isolated United Nations troops, forcing them to cut the supply of food and medical aid by ninety percent.

    Hundreds of Greek Cypriots have been here since the thirtieth of July when Turkish forces evacuated them from the villages ??? Kyrenia and set up a camp area in Baliapais. One of the refugees talked to reporter Brian Balck:
    Relations between the occupying forces and the United Nations are reported to be deteriorating. The United Nations High Commissioner for refugees, Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan has arrived in Nicosia for talks. Brian Black asked him about the food situation.

    The High Commissioner left to have talks with Cypriot leaders. Latest reports say United Nations troops have refused to leave the Turkish sector.

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