Tempers are rising in Cyprus over the question of Greek Cypriots, missing since the Turkish invasion of 1974.
Tempers are rising in Cyprus over the question of Greek Cypriots, missing since the Turkish invasion of 1974. There was bitter reaction recently at the Council of Europe's decision to delay considering a report on the violation of human rights. And in Nicosia on Monday (31 October) a mass rally was staged by refugees, and the relatives of mission persons, to coincide with a United Nations debate on Cyprus.
SYNOPSIS: The chief target for the demonstrators were the embassies of the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. They wanted the United States and Russia, together with Britain and France, to put more pressure on Turkey to co-operate on the matter of mission persons. They complain that in the three years since the Turkish invasion of northern Cyprus, little has been done to help them.
The Chinese Embassy was also picketed by demonstrators, and it was again the women, who led the call for more United Nations support. They wanted news of relatives, not just a resumption of inter-communal talks.
It was hoped that the mass rally would help influence thinking at the United Nations. In September a resolution was adopted calling for talks between Greek and Turkish Cypriots to be resumed, and it urged the Turks to go into negotiations with concrete proposals on all aspects of the problem. This was welcomed by President Spyros Kyprianou, but a Turkish Cypriot spokesman said the resolution could not possibly help create a climate conducive to a settlement.
The demonstrator were hoping that this U.N. debate would produce a more positive response form Turkey.