Talks between Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders got off to a hopeful start on Wednesday (11 September) with agreement on the release of young people, teachers, and sick and wounded prisoners.
GV Refugees on truck
GV Refugees arrive by truck
SV Refugees with belongings by tents
SV Refugees unloading from truck
GV Refugees with their belongings by their tents (2 shots)
GV UN Troops outside
SV PAN UN Commander (glasses) Clerides and Denktash (bald-headed)
SV PAN From Cameraman to group at meeting (2 shots)
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Background: Talks between Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders got off to a hopeful start on Wednesday (11 September) with agreement on the release of young people, teachers, and sick and wounded prisoners.
Greek Cypriot President Glafkos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot Vice President Rauf Denktash discussed humanitarian issues for two and a half hours at the Ledra Palace Hotel on the Green Line dividing Nicosia.
The two leaders plan to meet again on Friday (13 September) when the date of the limited prisoner release will be announced.
The two leaders did discuss the refugee problem on Wednesday, but the results of these discussions were not disclosed in the communique.
Just one of the refugee problems that is becoming more urgent is the plight of about 8,000 Turkish refugees who fled eight weeks ago to the safety of the British base of Episcopi.
The refugees have been moved from their camp at Happy Valley to a new camp on higher ground built by the British at a cost of 30,000 sterling (about 72,000 U.S. dollars).
Mr. Denktash has formally asked that the Turkish refugees be allowed to go to Turkey. But Mr. Clerides said it appeared that Turkey would be merely a transit station for the refugees, who would then be shipped back to the Turkish-held areas of Cyprus.
He made it clear he would not let this happen while Greek Cypriot refugees cannot go back to their homes in Turkish-controlled areas.