World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish Cypriots were attacked late Monday by right-wing extremists of the National Popular Front, or ELAM, security forces said.
A group of ELAM members, including students, gathered around Ledra Palace -- a crossing point between Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot communities -- and protested against the 32nd anniversary of the foundation of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cypru, celebrated on Nov.15.
From the Greek cypriot side, they threw stones and firecrackers damaging several cars on the Northern Cyprus side. A driver suffered a head injury, said Cenk Gurcag, executive assistant to the Turkish Cypriot president.
Another driver, Merkan Numansoy, told an Anadolu Agency reporter at the scene that he suffered from a chest injury. Numansoy went to the Greek police but was told that "it might be dangerous to go to the Greek Cypriot side between Nov. 15-20".
"The Greek Cypriot administration should immediately bring the criminals to trial," said President of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Mustafa Akinci.
Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades, meanwhile, wrote on Twitter that the acts of such "stupid people" against Turkish Cypriots were unacceptable. Anastasiades voiced his "deep sadness" over the attacks.
"The state does not tolerate the acts of those individuals or groups who want the island to be divided on grounds of the so-called patriotism," he said.
Cyprus has remained divided into Greek and Turkish parts since a Greek Cypriot coup to unite the island with Greece was followed by a Turkish peace mission to aid Turkish Cypriots in the north in 1974.
Negotiations between the Northern Cyprus and the Greek Cypriot administration resumed after a two-year pause in February 2013.