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    Three years after the Turkish invasion of Cyprus over 100 journalists were invited to a three day symposium in Nicosia.

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    Three years after the Turkish invasion of Cyprus over 100 journalists were invited to a three day symposium in Nicosia. It was an occasion for Cypriot President Makarios and ministers of his government to take the opportunity to condemn the continued Turkish presence which divided the island. Also present at the ceremony was the President of the Greek Parliament, Mr.Constantinos Papaconstantinou. President Makarios told the symposium that the agreement between Athens and Nicosia with its firm political line and strong defence is the foundation of the Cypriot struggle.

    SYNOPSIS: The international symposium was held at the Hilton Hotel in Nicosia. Journalists from Europe, the united States, Canada, Egypt, the Palestine Liberation Organisation, the Soviet union and the United States were present.

    The newsmen were taken on a tour of the Stavros Refugee camp, where displaced Greek-Cypriots are still living. The inspection was intended to show that although the war finished almost three years ago, problems in Cyprus continue.

    The occasion not only highlighted the third anniversary of the Turkish invasion but also reminded Greek Cypriots of the coup which temporarily over threw the Makarios Government shortly before the Turks arrived.

    The arrival of President Makarios was the high point of what has been described as an international public relations exercise. On the northern side of the line that divides the island, Turkish Cypriots celebrated the anniversary of what they describe as the "peace operation" of 1974. But to President Makarios the rally represented "a strong condemnation of the Turkish invasion. The presence of Mr. Papaconstaninou emphasised the apparent ties between the two countries.

    The crowd was told their greatest problem was that the Turkish occupied area could be declared an independent state, but even if that occurred the Greek-Cypriot struggle would continue.

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