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Türkiye accuses the United Nations of unacceptable behavior

Türkiye accuses the United Nations of unacceptable behavior

After an attack on the blue helmets on the divided Mediterranean island of Cyprus, Turkey called the intervention of a UN peacekeeping force “unacceptable”. On Saturday evening, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said that UN soldiers, as a guarantor country, are required to refrain from actions and statements that cast a shadow over their mission on the island.

On Friday, the most intense tensions in years erupted on the divided Mediterranean island of Cyprus. According to the UN, Turkish Cypriot security guards attacked UN peacekeepers after they tried to prevent the construction of an unauthorized road through the buffer zone between the two parts of the island. The UN peacekeeping force command and the European Union strongly condemned the incident.

A UN police officer stands in front of a UN vehicle in the square of Pella village in the UN buffer zone on the outskirts of the coastal city of Larnaca, Cyprus. (archive photo)Photo: Cornerstone

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 after a Greek coup and Turkish military intervention. UN peacekeepers monitor the buffer zone between the two parts of the island.

According to the UN, the incident occurred within this area near Pella (Turkish: Pile). The connecting road aims to connect two Turkish Cypriot villages.

The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC) in the north of the island is only recognized by the government in Ankara. The Republic of Cyprus is a member of the European Union since 2004. EU laws and regulations apply as long as there is no solution, only in the southern part of the island republic. (sda/dpa)

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