• Short Summary

    Greek-Cypriot President Glafkos Clerides on Thursday (19 September) rejected a Turkish Cypriot offer to exchange the tourist city Famagusta for the transfer to the Turkish-held north of the island, of 8000 Turkish-Cypriots now sheltering on British bases.

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    Greek-Cypriot President Glafkos Clerides on Thursday (19 September) rejected a Turkish Cypriot offer to exchange the tourist city Famagusta for the transfer to the Turkish-held north of the island, of 8000 Turkish-Cypriots now sheltering on British bases.

    The proposal, put to Mr. Clerides on Wednesday (18 September), would have allowed the return of 25,000 Greek-Cypriots living in Famagusta before the city was captured by the Turkish army.

    However, according to Greek-Cypriot Government sources, the proposal meant that facilities remained in Turkish hands. They said there seemed little point in such as exchange at present, considering Famagusta's economy depended largely on a tourist industry which was now non-existent. But they added consideration may be given to a package deal under which the refugees could travel to the north in exchange for the Turks handing over Famagusta and the rich citrus growing area of Morphou in the north-west.

    Meanwhile, the huge total of 226,000 refugees on the island is causing a major headache for the United Nations. There have been warnings of a possible catastrophe if they were not all brought under shelter before the wet season starts in a few weeks. Thousands of people are still living under trees, without shelter, and contributions to the U.N. Secretary-General's Cyprus Relief Fund so far amount to only about a fifth of what was required.

    In the disputed city of Famagusta, an uneasy peace rules while volunteers clear the ravages of war. As armed police and troops patrol the streets, particularly the near-deserted Greek section, other troops and tradesmen have begun repair work on damaged buildings.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAJCBC3DT89JY8EWC2K06WYPTB
    Media URN:
    VLVAJCBC3DT89JY8EWC2K06WYPTB
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/09/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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