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Tuesday, 15 October 1974
Page: 1695

Senator MULVIHILL (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I direct a question to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. I draw the Minister's attention to the impression prevalent among the Cypriot community that the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees appears to be very slow to assess the total refugee complement in Cyprus. Can the

Minister comment on this? Is it also possible that the Cypriot Government is reluctant to allow a large exodus of its population to other countries?

Senator WILLESEE - I do not know what the situation is with United Nations refugees. I will make inquiries about it. The whole humanitarian situation in Cyprus is a serious one and will not be finally settled until we can get a political settlement of the problems that exist there at the moment. I will make inquiries and find out what I can for the honourable senator.

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