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Friday, 10 April, 1998, 00:28 GMT 01:28 UK
Vandals tarnish image of mixed Cyprus village

United Nations peacekeepers in Cyprus have condemned acts of vandalism against a Turkish school in one of the few villages on the island where Greek and Turkish Cypriots still live together.

A UN spokesman said a Turkish flag had been stolen from the village of Pyla, and a statue of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, had been defaced.

The village is in the buffer-zone controlled by the United Nations, which separates the Greek part of Cyprus from the Turkish sector .

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