The island of Cyprus has been divided into two sectors since the Turkish invasion in 1974.
The island of Cyprus has been divided into two sectors since the Turkish invasion in 1974. The Turks now occupy one third of the country and this is separated from the Greek-Cypriot portion of the island by a ceasefire line, patrolled by United Nations troops. there have been many effects of the partition of Cyprus' two communities -- but one of the most distressing human factors in the situation, has been the splitting up of families, caught on either side of the dividing line. Faced with this problem, the International Red Cross organised a good-will trip for Greek-Cypriot children to visit their parents in the Turkish sector, for a short holiday.
SYNOPSIS: About 120 children gathered in the Greek-Cypriot capital, Nicosia on Tuesday (8 August) to board the bus which would cross the ceasefire line and re-unite them with their families. Most of these children are now living with relatives having been sent away from the fighting in 1974. They are just some of the 200,000 refugees who fled into the Greek-Cypriot sector after the Turkish invasion. The Turks captured the northern town of K???renia and then occupied Famagusta after a Greek sponsored coup had temporarily deposed the late President Makarios.
Attempts to find a solution to the island's problems have not succeeded. Recently, the United States Senate decision to lift the embargo on the sale of American arms to Turkey has met with widespread criticism both in Greece and the Greek-Cypriot President, Spyros Kyprianou rejected a proposal from his Turkish-Cypriot counterpart, Rauf Denktash to place the Turkish occupied resort of Varosha under an interim administration supervised by the United Nations. Instead the Greek cypriots are calling for federal system and the withdrawal of Turkish troops.