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Sunday, September 13, 1998 Published at 09:08 GMT 10:08 UK

World: Europe

Greek Cypriots make controversial pilgrimage to northern Cyprus

More than a thousand Greek Cypriots have crossed into Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus on a pilgrimage to a Greek Orthodox monastery.

More than six-thousand people had applied to make the pilgrimage, but the limit was set at one-thousand-two-hundred after negotiations involving the Turkish Cypriots and the UN.

Greek Cypriot opposition groups which rejected the setting of any limits had threatened to disrupt the pilgrimage, but riot police were out in force and a mass demonstration failed to materialise.

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