Turkish Forces Detain Cypriot Fishing Vessel and Crew

The Cypriot Government has had filed a protest to the United Nations over the detention of a Cypriot fishing vessel and its crew by the Turkish occupation forces.

“The Government has made strong representations to the United Nations” Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou has told the Cyprus News Agency (CNA).

He added that the relevant state services are working for the release of the detained fishermen.

Cyprus Foreign Ministry spokesman Demetris Samuel said the owner of the Cyprus-flagged fishing boat told authorities that a Turkish warship approached his vessel 20 miles (32 kilometers) off the island’s northwestern coast Friday evening.

The one Greek Cypriot and four Egyptian fishermen on board were then arrested and the boat was towed to a harbor in the island’s breakaway Turkish Cypriot north.

A Turkish Cypriot news agency quoted police as saying five people aboard a Greek-flagged boat were arrested for violating Turkish Cypriot territorial waters.