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Cypriot refugee braves minefield to see home

A refugee from northern Cyprus walked through a minefield into the Turkish-occupied areas in a drunken bid to see the home she lost in the 1974 invasion, reports said yesterday. The 40-year-old Greek-Cypriot woman, whose name was not made public, was found by Turkish-Cypriots on Friday near the village of Mia Milia, 1.5 kilometers (1 mile) inside the Green Line separating the island into Greek- and Turkish-Cypriot communities and some 7 kilometers (4 miles) northeast of Nicosia, Cypriot media said, quoting a report in the Turkish-Cypriot Yeni Duzen paper. The woman appeared to be drunk and was crying, telling bystanders she wanted to see her home. She had been heading for the village of Petra Tou Digeni, 18 km (11 miles) further east. The refugee was handed over to United Nations peacekeepers, who escorted her back over the Green Line.