Thousands of Greek Cypriots thronged the main square in Nicosia on Friday (10 July) to sign petition books for help in finding relative missing since the Turkish invasion of the island a year ago.
GV Paratroopers from aircraft
GV Turkish troops through fields
Troops on roadside (3 shots)
GV TOP VIEW People gathered for rally
SCU Relatives with photos of missing family ( 2 shots)
SV & CU Wailing women (4 shots)
SV Weeping women at rally
GV Gathering at memorial ceremony (2 shots)
SV Malina Mercuri greeting people
SV Makarios arriving
SV PAN Mourners behind crosses
SV Makarios laying wreath as mourners & Melina Mercuri look on ( 2 shots)
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Background: Thousands of Greek Cypriots thronged the main square in Nicosia on Friday (10 July) to sign petition books for help in finding relative missing since the Turkish invasion of the island a year ago. The Greek missing persons bureau has listed 2,700 people missing since the coup against Archbishop Makarios on July 15 last year and the Turkish attack five days later.
The Archbishop was the first person to sign the books.
Photographs of Greek Cypriots known to have been in Turkish prisoners have been moved to Turkey...but this has been denied by the Turks.
The United Nations has been searching for missing prisoners for several months, but few have been found since major exchanges of captives last year.
Much hope has been placed in the meeting of Greek-Cypriot negotiator Mr Glafkos Clorides and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mr Rauf ???enktash in Vienna on July 24 to locate the missing people.
SYNOPSIS: It is now almost exactly a year since the Turkish invasion of Cyprus took place. The invasion came five days after the coup against Archbishop Makarios, on the fifteenth of July, and fighting continued for weeks.
During the fighting, as Turks and Greeks captured and surrendered various sections of the island, many families were separated and many prisoners were taken.
Now, twelve months later there are still nearly three thousand Greek-Cypriots missing. And in Nicosia on Friday, thousands of their relatives and friends thronged into Eleftheria Square to sign petition books asking for help in finding missing people. Photographs of Greek-Cypriots known to have been in Turkish hands last August were on display.
Many Greek-Cypriots believe prisoners are still being held on the Turkish mainland, but the Turks deny this. The United Nations has been searching for missing prisoners for several months, but few have been found since major exchanges of captives last year. At a service for the missing and those killed during the invasion, many international bodies were represented. Greek actress Melina Mercuri was amongst the mourners.
Archbishop Makarios also attended the service, he was also the first person to sign the petition books. The Archbishop laid a wreath at the spacial section of the Nicosia cemetery for those killed during last year's fighting.