Athens slams cel­e­bra­tions of Cyprus bomb­ing

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Athens lashed out yes­ter­day against the an­nual cel­e­bra­tions of Turk­ish Cypri­ots mark­ing 53 years since Turk­ish jets dropped na­palm bombs on the is­land.

A For­eign Min­istry state­ment said the cel­e­bra­tions, with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of Turk­ish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Ak­inci, were an “af­front to in­ter­na­tional jus­tice.”

Some 900 Turk­ish Cypri­ots were bused through the Limni­tis check­point to the Kokkina en­clave to take part in cel­e­bra­tions.

The 1964 bomb­ings killed more than 50 peo­ple, in­clud­ing 19 civil­ians. The in­ci­dent oc­curred dur­ing in­ter­com­mu­nal clashes on the is­land. The Turk­ish Cypri­ots had es­tab­lished a bridge­head in Kokkina and re­ceived re­in­force­ments from Turkey, prompt­ing an at­tack by Cypriot sol­diers. Ankara then launched its three-day bomb­ing cam­paign.

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