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Ozersay says flag burners have been identified

Members of Elam burning the 'TRNC' flag

A Turkish Cypriot official said on Tuesday they have identified the people who burned a makeshift flag of the breakaway state and measures will be taken at crossing points.

The do-it-yourself flag was burned by members of far-right party Elam during demonstrations to mark the 36th anniversary of the unilateral declaration of independence of the Turkish Cypriot breakaway state in the north last week.

The flag burning has irked Turkish Cypriots and Turkish politicians who have strongly condemned the action.

On Tuesday, Turkish Cypriot ‘foreign minister’ Kudret Ozersay posted on social media that the people who carried out the burning had been identified and instructions were given for the necessary measures to be put in place at the crossing points.

Meanwhile Turkish parties have called for a strong reaction in response to the burning.

An MP of the republican party said the Turkish national assembly must not give ground.

A ruling AK party MP said burning the breakaway state’s flag was tantamount to burning the Turkish flag.

“Let us all discuss together what to do and we are in favour to take this step together,” he said.

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