Reports: Turkish soldier killed in Cyprus
September 8, 1996
Web posted at: 9:15 a.m. EDT (1315 GMT)
FAMAGUSTA, Northern Cyprus (CNN) -- A soldier was shot and
killed Sunday by two Greek-Cypriot civilians near the
U.N.-patrolled buffer zone that separates the divided island
of Cyprus, Turkish-Cypriot media reported.
A spokesman for the British bases in Cyprus was quoted as
saying that a Turkish-Cypriot soldier had been killed, but
details of the incident had not been confirmed.
Media sources told CNN it appeared another
Turkish-Cypriot soldier was badly injured in the shooting.
A statement from the U.N. forces that patrol the buffer zone
said they were told about the shootings early Sunday morning
by Turkish forces.
"The Sovereign Base Police are there investigating the
incident with the United Nations," said Capt. Sean Tully,
spokesman for the British bases in Cyprus. "So far the
incident is shrouded in mystery."
The shooting occurred about 4 a.m. EDT at a Turkish-Cypriot
guard unit near Famagusta in southeastern Cyprus.
Tensions have been high on the island following the slaying
of two Greek Cypriots by civilians and security forces last
month during demonstrations in the Turkish-occupied areas.
The island has been divided since a coup 22 years ago by a
military regime that then ruled Greece. Only Turkey
recognizes the breakaway Turkish Cypriot state set up in the
north of the island 13 years ago. The division is a source of
tension between Turkey and Greece, its neighbor and NATO
On Thursday, a senior aide to U.S. President Bill Clinton
said Washington would push forward its initiative to reunite
the divided island.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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