NICOSIA - Reuters
The United Nations is investigating damage to Turkish Cypriot property in an ethnically mixed village in Cyprus, a spokesman said yesterday.
Unidentified people hurled stones at a Turkish Cypriot shop window, smashed a car windscreen and poured an unknown substance over a bust of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey, outside an elementary school in the village of Pyla.
"Our efforts to investigate the matter are still ongoing by U.N. military police who are in the field," a spokesman for the United Nations mission on the island told Reuters.
Pyla is in the buffer zone between the two sides, under the jurisdiction of the U.N. peacekeeping mission. Both Greek and Turkish Cypriots live there. Cyprus reunification talks, the first in more than four years, are due to start Sept. 3.