Greeks Urge Action to Stop Turkish Cypriot Fortifications

Published December 22nd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The Greek government on Friday called for tougher UN action to stop Turkish Cypriots building fortifications in an ethnically mixed village located on the UN buffer zone between the two communities in Cyprus. 

Turkish forces sparked uproar among the Greek Cypriot villages in Pyla, near the southern port of Larnaca when they erected the fortifications on Saturday. 

The United Nations reacted by demanding that they stop building the structures, described as a "violation of the buffer zone". 

The Turks refused to comply, UN spokesperson Sarah Russell said. 

Dimitris Reppas, a Greek government spokesman, charged that "the international community must react more drastically to produce concrete results in confronting these moves". 

Turkish Cypriots say the fortifications in Pyla are being built in retaliation for a similar construction put up by the Greek Cypriot National Guard. 

However the Greek Cypriots deny building fortifications, referring to simple mine-clearing operations. 

Turkish Cypriot troops Monday threatened to open fire at Greek journalists who came to look at the fortifications in Pyla. 

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey occupied the northern third of the island in response to an Athens-engineered coup seeking to unite Cyprus with Greece -- ATHENS (AFP)  



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