Turkey condemns burning of its flag in Greek Cyprus

Turkey's Foreign Ministry condemed the burning of a Turkish flag at a football match in the Greek Cypriot controlled southern Cyprus.

Turkey condemns burning of its flag in Greek Cyprus

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey condemned on Tuesday the burning of a Turkish flag during a football match between AC Omonia and APOEL F.C. in southern Cyprus

"We regret this event. We hope Greek Cypriots, as a whole, do not approve of this act of disrespect particularly as comprehensive negotiations for a solution in Cyprus are ongoing," Tanju Bilgic, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman said. 

Apparently APOEL F.C supporters burnt a Turkish flag during the match in Nicosia to show their loathing of supporters of rival football club, AC Omonia, which is also said to be supported by Turks, according to local sources. 

The incident comes just as the EU and U.S. have sent envoys to Cyprus to push forward negotiations aimed at a solution to the ongoing conflict between Greek and Turkish Cypriots on the Mediterranean island.

The conflict has been holding back negotiations between the EU and Turkey, as Cyprus, an EU member since 2004, has blocked several negotiation phases after Turkey's refusal to recognize it as a state

Güncelleme Tarihi: 08 Nisan 2014, 13:10