Ten­sions rise over Cyprus bomb­ing cel­e­bra­tions

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Ten­sions be­tween Athens and Ankara were reignited yes­ter­day in the af­ter­math of cel­e­bra­tions on Tues­day by Turk­ish Cypri­ots to com­mem­o­rate na­palm bombs be­ing dropped on the Tyl­liria re­gion in north­west­ern Cyprus dur­ing in­ter­com­mu­nal clashes on the is­land in 1964. Tur­key’s For­eign Min­istry yes­ter­day dis­missed as “un­for­tu­nate” a stern state­ment is­sued by its Greek coun­ter­part, which de­nounced the cel­e­bra­tions as an “af­front to in­ter­na­tional law.”

“The Greek state­ment con­tained al­le­ga­tions con­cern­ing the sup­port pro­vided by Tur­key as a mother­land and guar­an­tor to the coura­geous and no­ble strug­gle of the Turk­ish Cypri­ots in 1964 against the com­mon eno­sis as­pi­ra­tions and eth­nic cleans­ing at­tempts of the Greek Cypri­ots and Greeks,” the Turk­ish state­ment said, ad­ding that it “deplores and con­demns th­ese com­pletely base­less and false al­le­ga­tions.” On Tues­day,1,000 Turk­ish Cypri­ots were bused through the Limni­tis check­point into gov­ern­ment-con­trolled ar­eas en route to the en­clave of Kokkina to take part in the cel­e­bra­tion. Cypriot deputy gov­ern­ment spokesman Vic­toras Pa­padopou­los de­scribed the event as “a heinous an­niver­sary.”

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