22 August 1996
Argyros George Argyrou
Dear Mr Argyrou,
Thank you for your letters of 12 & 16 August to the Prime
Minister about the recent outbreak of violence in Cyprus earlier
this month which tragically left two young men dead and a number
of others injured.
We are deeply concerned at the clashes in the UN Buffer Zone.
We deplore the acts of violence and have unreservedly condemned
the killing of these young men. We have made it clear both in
Ankara and to Mr Denktash that the reaction of the Turkish Cypriot
authorities to the unauthorised presence of demonstrators in the
UN Buffer Zone was out of all proportion to the provocation. We
have urged that those responsible for the killings should be brought
to justice. No-one should be left in any doubt about how seriously
we view the recent violence. The Cypriot Government are also aware
of our concerns about the failure to prevent demonstrators from
breaching the integrity of the buffer zone as stipulated in UN
Security Council Resolutions.
These horrific events demonstrate the fragility of the status
quo and that we must continue to work for a just and lasting settlement.
This will only come about through direct negotiations between
the leaders of both communities. We, and others in the international
community, are working actively to achieve this.
Southern European Department
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