The north will not be bystanders to Unficyp’s placement of barbed wiring to the entrance of Cetinkaya field, Turkish Cypriot Leader Ersin Tatar said on Friday, as a spat broke out between the ‘government’ and the UN.
Tatar claimed that by placing the barbed wire and the cement block the peacekeeping forces are blocking entrance to the field.
Noting that the stadium was arranged for Cetinkaya’s training, but the football club had invited other clubs to also use it for training, Tatar said that it is not possible to accept this “anachronistic concept, which prevents entry to the stadium with an arrangement that does not befit the history of the walls [of Nicosia] and the culture.”
Tatar also claimed that the wire and the gate damage the ancient Venetian walls of Nicosia.
Meanwhile, the head of Tatar’s party UBP Oguzhan Hasipoglu also criticised the UN’s move saying: “There is no question of accepting their [Unficyp’s] obstruction. They are somehow trying to prove their own dominance and authority… And that they are obliged to remove this barbed wire.”
However, reacting to these claims in the north, Unficyp said in a statement on social media: “Access to the pitch is allowed through the crossing points only, as in the past. We are committed to working with both sides to facilitate civilian access to the buffer zone, while ensuring violations are prevented and the status of the buffer zone is protected.”