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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 96-08-14 (UPDATE)

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  • [01] Turks wound two British UN peace-keepers
  • [02] Dead Greek Cypriot identified
  • [03] President holds emergency meeting

  • 1600:CYPPRESS:09

    [01] Turks wound two British UN peace-keepers

    Nicosia, Aug 14 (CNA) -- Two British UN peace-keepers were wounded earlier today when Turkish troops opened fire at Greek Cypriot demonstrators, who had entered the UN-controlled buffer zone, UN sources have confirmed.

    The condition of the two men is not yet known but they are in hospital receiving medical care.

    A Greek Cypriot was shot dead by the Turks in the same incident and a woman is undergoing surgery in Larnaca Hospital after she was shot at. Another Greek Cypriot man wounded slightly is at Larnaca hospital.

    At least four other people were taken to Paralimni hospital for treatment.

    Turkish troops fired indiscriminately when a Greek Cypriot tried to lower the flag of the illegal Turkish Cypriot regime.

    CNA MM/GP/1996

    [02] Dead Greek Cypriot identified

    Nicosia, Aug 14 (CNA) -- Police have identified the Greek Cypriot who was shot dead earlier today by Turkish troops during a demonstration in the UN-controlled buffer zone, at Dherynia.

    He is 26-year-old Solomos Spyrou Solomos, from the Turkish-occupied town of Famagusta, resident of the eastern town of Paralimni.

    A police spokesman said a total of eleven persons were shot, one of them, a 59-year-old woman, has suffered serious injuries in the abdomen.

    Two British UN peace-keepers, two Cypriot police officers and six civilians are also among the injured.

    Today's murder happened shortly after the funeral of another Greek Cypriot, Tasos Isaac, shot dead by the Turks on Sunday. Solomos is said to be Isaac's cousin, according to information.

    Solomos was demonstrating against continuing Turkish occupation with another couple of hundred Greek Cypriots to protest Sunday's brutal killing by the Turks of another Greek Cypriot demonstrator during an anti-occupation rally.

    This is the second Greek Cypriot killed in cold blood by Turkish occupation troops in three days.

    CNA MM/GP/1996

    [03] President holds emergency meeting

    Nicosia, Aug 14 (CNA) -- President Glafcos Clerides is having an emergency meeting with his advisors following today's cold blooded murder of a Greek Cypriot demonstrator in the UN-controlled buffer zone.

    This is the second Greek Cypriot shot in three days by Turkish occupation troops in the buffer zone.

    Later today, the President will confer with the National Security Council to discuss the volatile situation following the two murders.

    Meanwhile, the Athens News Agency reported that Greece's National Defence Minister Gerasimos Arsenis was following developments from his ministry in Athens and he was in constant touch with President Clerides and his Cypriot counterpart Costas Eliades.

    Arsenis has already talked to the Commander of the National Guard, Lieutenant General Nicolaos Vorvolakos.

    CNA MM/GP/1996

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