World Bulletin / News Desk
The former president of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Mehmet Ali Talat, was the target of an unprovoke attack while giving a conference in the Greek Cypriot-controlled southern Cyprus city of Limassol.
The attack was carried out by the far-right Greek Cypriot group ELAM, who charged into the conference hall throwing explosives. As Talat was rushed backstage, the Greek Cypriot police had to call for reinforcements to bring the situation under control.
Greek Cypriot president Nikos Anastasiadis called Talat by telephone to express his regret on hearing about what happened and his hope that such fanatics would not derail the Cyprus peace talks.
Referring to the incident as an act of terrorism, the Greek Cypriot authorities announced that they had arrested three people in connection with the crime.
Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots resumed peace talks in February after having stalled for two years. It is hoped that the talks will lead to the establishment of a bi-zonal federal state, ending 40 years of separation since Turkey exercized its constitutional right as a guarantor in 1974 after Greek Cypriot militia group EOKA carried out a coup on the government.Last Mod: 27 Mart 2014, 09:21