Greek Cypriots outraged by UN reference to TRNC

The Greek Cypriot administration has reacted angrily to UN documents which refer to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), which is unrecognized by the international community minus Turkey.

Greek Cypriots outraged by UN reference to TRNC

World Bulletin / News Desk

Greek Cypriots have lashed out against the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) after a document they published used the term Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) to describe the breakaway Turkish Cypriot state in the north of the island.

The 'secret' seven-page internal correspondence documents dated 31st July 2014 titled“UNPOL- Sector One – Operational Order – Pilgrimage to Kokkina Area,” were according to reports 'accidentally' sent via email to the Greek Cypriot daily Haravgi.

The documents regarding visitations by Turkish Cypriots to the Erenkoy (Kokkina) exclave on 8th August to mark the 50th anniversary since a Turkish intervention forced Greek militants to retreat, were then published by the newspaper under the heading “Fake state north Cyprus for UNFICYP.”

According the the Famagusta Gazette, Greek Cypriot government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides told CNA that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs made “strong representations to UNFICYP” Senior Advisor Lynn Hastings, calling the reference “unacceptable.”

Hastings in turn apologized for the “unfortunate” mistake, Christodoulides said.

Erenkoy to this day is remembered as a vital point of resistance by the Turkish Cypriots. On 6 August 1964, the Greek Cypriot National Guard and Greek Army units led by General George Grivas attacked the Turkish Cypriot village, forcing its civilian population to flee to camps on the beach.

Meanwhile the out-powered Turkish Resistance Organization (TMT) managed to hold their positions until 8 August when Turkey decided to send fighter jets to force Grivas and his men to retreat until a ceasefire was declared a day later and control of the region was handed over to UN peacekeepers.

The exclave, which is surrounded by Greek Cypriot territory, became part of the Turkish Federative State of North Cyprus in 1975, then the TRNC when it declared independence in November 1983. However, this declaration of independence was condemned as legally invalid by the United Nations Security Council and has yet to be recognized by any sovereign state except Turkey.

The United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) is a United Nations peacekeeping force that was established under United Nations Security Council Resolution 186 in 1964 to prevent a recurrence of fighting following intercommunal violence between the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, resulting from the explusion of the Turkish Cypriots from the Republic of Cyprus government in 1963 by the then president Archbishop Makarios.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 08 Ağustos 2014, 12:44