Greek,Turkish Cypriots united for donkey campaign

"Karpas donkeys are the symbol of Cyprus and it is our responsibility to protect them," said Greek and Turkish Cypriots.

Greek,Turkish Cypriots united for donkey campaign

Greek and Turkish Cypriots have teamed up on their divided island to save endangered wild donkeys, the BBC reported Tuesday.

The initiative was launched on Facebook, a social networking Web site, after 10 of the donkeys were found shot dead at the end of March.

"Let's stop the massacre of Karpas donkeys!" said a message from the group, which has attracted more than 2,000 members.

The Karpas Peninsula in northern Cyprus is home to several hundred donkeys.

The Facebook group said the Karpas donkeys "are the symbol of Cyprus and it is our responsibility to protect them."

The messages, in both Greek and Turkish, are a new gesture of unity on the island, whose communities remain divided by a U.N.-patrolled buffer zone.

A group of Greek and Turkish Cypriots rallied on a beach in the Karpas Peninsula on April 13 to "Save the Cyprus Donkey." The Karpas donkeys are a legacy of the 1974 Turkish intervention in northern Cyprus, when Greek Cypriot farmers fled the area, leaving their animals behind, Agene France-Presse said.

Turkish Daily News
Last Mod: 26 Nisan 2008, 10:45
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