Events in Cyprus in July and August forced almost a third of the Island’s population to flee their homes. Many villages, isolated in territory under the control of the other community, became helpless enclaves depending for their survival on a life-line of international assistance. The Acting President of Cyprus Glafcos Clerides and the Vice-President Rauf Denktash have been holding discussions on humanitarian matters with the assistance of the Secretary-General’s Special Representative Luis Weckmann-Muñoz, and other UN officials, including a representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and a representative of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) who are working closely with the leaders of the two communities. As a result of these discussions agreements are being reached to evacuate Greek and Turkish Cypriot refugees to safe areas. The UN Peace-keeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) are assisting in the evacuation.
As a result of talks held on 11 November between the leaders of the two communities, about 1,100 Greek Cypriots are being evacuated from the villages of Gypsos and Vone in the Famagusta district. Here, evacuees arriving at Hotel and Catering Institute in Nicosia are seen being embraced by relatives and friends. On hand to assist them were members of the Cyprus Red Cross and Civilian Police.