Cypriot FM Kyprianou Condemns Turkey for Basketball Incident

Foreign Minister Marcos Kyprianou has condemned Turkish officials’ efforts to exploit politically against the Republic of Cyprus.  This refers to the recent incident after an international men’s basketball match in Nicosia.
The incident took place right after the end of the game for the last round of Eurochallenge’s group stage, when APOEL fans attempted to attack the players of the Turkish team Pinar Karsiyaka.
Kyprianou called on Turkey, that instead of concentrating its actions against Cyprus for that incident, to implement its obligations and show how tolerant the country is with other religions and cultures.
In statements to the press in Nicosia on Wednesday, Kyprianou stated that unfortunately incidents do occur during sport games.  He added that last Sunday, serious incidents that injured people took place in Turkey. He noted that in the incident in Nicosia, the legal state reacted immediately and effectively.  They reacted in a manner that the players of the Turkish team were not in danger.