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Turkish Soldier Killed By Greek-Cypriot Police

May 29, 1988

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) _ Greek Cypriot police said Saturday they killed a Turkish soldier who crossed the ethnic dividing line, tried to rape a woman and shot two national guardsmen, one fatally.

State radio said Greek Cypriot police stormed the woman’s house in Atheniou, a village near the Green Line that divides the east Mediterranean island’s ethnic Greek and Turkish sectors.

Turkish Cypriot radio said the soldier crossed the demarcation line by mistake and ″took refuge″ in a house near the Green Line.

It was the second fatal shooting along the Green Line in a week.

Cyprus has been divided since July 1974, when Turkey invaded after a short- lived coup against the late President Makarios by Greek Cypriot supporters of union with Greece. Turkey said its purpose was to protect the eastern Mediterranean island’s ethnic Turkish minority.

Turkish soldiers seized the northern third of the island and it was proclaimed a separate republic in 1983, but only Turkey recognizes it.

Greek Cypriot police moved into the village southeast of Nicosia several hours after the guardsmen were shot, and fatally shot the soldier when he tried to fire at the officers, authorities said.

The solder, one of 30,000 Turkish troops stationed on Cyprus, crossed the Green Line and broke into the woman’s home at about 6:30 a.m., the authorities said.

On May 21, Austrian troops from the U.N. peacekeeping force on Cyprus shot and killed a Turkish Cypriot, Hussein Kafa, who officials said wounded one of the soldiers near the village of Pyla, the only place Turkish and Greek Cypriots still live together.

A second Austrian soldier was wounded by two of Kafa’s relatives and the assailants were arrested.

Rauf Denktash, president of the Turkish Cypriot state, accused Maj. Gen. Gunther Greindl, Austrian commander of the U.N. force, of ordering Austrian troops to harass Kafa.

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