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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Financial Mirror-Turks arrest Cyprus Euro MP Matsakis

"Turks arrest Cyprus Euro MP Matsakis

Turkish occupation forces arrested a Greek Cypriot member of the European Parliament Saturday, who had approached a checkpoint with a Polish colleague to send gifts to Turkish Cypriot politicians.

Euro MP Marios Matsakis was arrested at the Ledra Palace checkpoint, the only pedestrian crossing for Greek and Turkish Cypriots who have lived in division since Turkey the north in 1974, for taking down a Turkish flag from an unmanned military outpost near Lourounjina two months ago.

This sparked the furore of the Turkish forces who have maintained a 35,000-strong garrison in the north and control the Turkish Cypriot civilian administration."

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