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The Enclaved Greek Cypriots. Those who stayed behind
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The Enclaved Greek Cypriots. Those who stayed behind

Ethnic cleansing in occupied areas continues

As a consequence of the tragedy brought about by the first and second rounds of the Turkish invasion on 20 July and 15 August 1974, about 200,000 Greek Cypriots, who lived in the areas occupied by the Turkish troops, were compelled by force to leave their homes and properties and move to the free areas. They became refugees in their own land.

However, despite the policy of terror implemented by Turkish troops, the hardships, oppressions, intimidations and threads, about 12,300 people refused to leave their homes in the area occupied by the ivaders and tried to keep their possessions, their land, their homes, and heir property. Since then these people have been known as the enclaved and their plight has been one of the most tragic aspects of the Cyprus problem.

In 1994, only 715 enclaved, the vast majority of them are above 60 years old, remain in the occupied areas. The sharp reduction in their number was due to the systematic expulsions organized by the illegal authorities together with their policy of harrassment. All these combined with a well-planned project of colonization of the occupied parts of Cyprus, with the influx of about 85,000 Turkish mainland settlers, aimed at changing the demographic character of the island.
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Report of ASME-HUMANITAS

The H. Struebig/A. Krieg delegation of the German humanitarian organization ASME-HUMANITAS, which visited Cyprus in April 1976, had instructions to investigate violations of humanitarian provisions. They had the opportunity to visit the Turkish occupied part of Cyprus and to talk to the authorities responsible for the Turkish Cypriot community.

After Mr Denktash's protests, the delegation continued its investigations and completed the final report in 1977.

According to the report:

"...the population in the north faces great difficulties because of lack of security for their lives and property.

© The conditions of life of the Greek Cypriots in the north are particularly oppressive as they are deprived of their basic human rights. We established these facts by visiting the Karpass area and talking to many persons on May 3rd 1977.

In particular:

1. They are deprived of the freedom of movement and trade.

2. They live under permanent fear for their life and property because of continuous harassment by the mainland Turks and lack of protection.

3. They are deprived of secondary education and of sufficient elementary school facilities.

4. They are deprived of proper medical services.

5. They are not allowed to look after their fields freely and in many cases not even at all.

6. Homes and other properties are often the object of theft and the people are being beaten and generally inhumanely treated.

The problems of the population in the north are becoming greater because of the attitude of the mainland Turks who have settled there in thousands. We received many complaints of many crimes and atrocities committed by the land Turks against the population of the north, both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots without being punished..."
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