The U.S., France and United Kingdom condemned the assault on United Nations (UN) peacekeepers by Turkish Cypriot forces on Friday, calling the assaults a “critical crime below worldwide legislation.”
“We condemn the assaults towards UN Peacekeepers and injury to UN automobiles by personnel of the Turkish Cypriot aspect this morning,” the embassies mentioned in a joint assertion. “Threats to the security of UN Peacekeepers and injury to UN property represent a critical crime below worldwide legislation.”
The UN, in a statement, mentioned peacekeepers stood in the way in which of labor crews constructing a highway to attach the village of Arsos — within the Turkish Cypriot north — with the blended Greek Cypriot-Turkish Cypriot village of Pyla, positioned inside the buffer zone. It’s also close to the realm the place Cyprus’s internationally acknowledged authorities sits, in accordance with the Related Press.
The group of Turkish Cypriot personnel in response reportedly punched and kicked the peacekeepers, and broken automobiles belonging to them, in accordance with the UN.
The highway, if constructed, would bypass a checkpoint on the northern fringe of a British navy base and permit Turkish Cypriots direct entry to Pyla.
The three international locations urged authorities to cease the development and to respect the mandated authority the UNFICYP — the group of peacekeepers — has within the space.
Of their assertion, the three international locations known as the assaults “fully unacceptable” and undermining of the UN’s means to “fulfill its peacekeeping mandate.”
“We name upon Turkish Cypriot authorities to chorus from any additional escalatory actions that danger undermining the prospects for a return to settlement talks, and to instantly stop any type of violence towards the UN Peacekeepers deployed to the realm,” the international locations wrote.
Turkish Cypriot authorities put the blame on UN peacekeepers for his or her altercation, calling the peacekeepers’ actions “unacceptable. In addition they dismissed UNFICYP’s statement on the assaults as “unfounded allegations,” and accused the peacekeeping drive of being “biased,” towards them.
The Related Press contributed to this report.
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