In Cyprus, Turkish Cypriot authorities have decided to expel all Greek Cypriots who are still living in the northern half of the island and United Nations officials of the spot say that by Christmas not one will be left in the port of Kyrenia, where Greeks once formed almost three-quarters of the population.
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Background: In Cyprus, Turkish Cypriot authorities have decided to expel all Greek Cypriots who are still living in the northern half of the island and United Nations officials of the spot say that by Christmas not one will be left in the port of Kyrenia, where Greeks once formed almost three-quarters of the population.
SYNOPSIS: About 40 to 50 Greek Cypriots a day have been crossing to the western part of the island controlled by the Greek Cypriot government, after turkish authorities told them that if they remained in their homes their safety could not be guaranteed.
The exodus began after the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in August 1974. Today there are only about 3,000 Greek Cypriots left in what is now the Turkish-held section of the island -- and it is predicted that by next may they will all be gone. before the invasion about 180,000 Greek Cypriots lived in the north -- and having been displaced by the upheavals a large percentage of them are now fully supported by government aid.
Relatives and Red Cross workers do what they can to ease the pain of displacement -- but foreign aid to the tune of 116 million U.S.S dollars is needed to provide the refugees with the basic necessities of survival. But according to official Greek Cypriot government sources even this huge sum is not enough to cover what is being spent on relief and rehabilitation.
In Greek Cyprus about 185,000 people are classified as displaced. The number of refugees living in tents has been reduced, but as fast as they are moved to more permanent housing their places are taken by new arrivals.