Turkish Cypriot forces assaulted UN peacekeepers in Cyprus



PYLA, Cyprus — Turkish Cypriot forces assaulted UN peacekeepers in Pyla on Friday as they attempted to block the construction of a controversial road in the buffer zone that separates the island from the Greek side, the UN mission on the island said.

The UN has warned the Turkish Cypriot authorities against carrying out unauthorized construction activities in the buffer zone, which is supervised by the UN.

“The UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus condemns the assaults against UN peacekeepers and damage to UN vehicles by personnel from the Turkish Cypriot side this morning,” UNFICYP stated.

Cyprus condemned what it called the orchestrated incidents caused by the Turkish forces, and the unacceptable attack on British and Slovak members of the UN peacekeeping.

The EU, Britain, France and the U.S. also condemned the incident.