A group of 12 Serbian children aged between 10 and 13 and their teachers, who arrived on the island via Larnaca to take part in the 23rd April celebrations in the TRNC, have been deported by Greek Cypriot officials.
The incident was condemned by the TRNC and the acting Foreign Minister, the Minister of Labour and Social Security Ersan Saner.
In a statement issued, Saner said that the Greek Cypriot Administration could not even tolerate children taking part in cultural celebrations in the TRNC.
He said that it was impossible to understand the Greek Cypriot side’s actions at a time when the negotiations had entered a critical phase.
“It is not possible for us to accept what has been done to the group of children and their teachers. A serious question mark stands as to how we are going to mend our relations with the Greek Cypriot Administration who prevented the children from crossing into the TRNC to take part in children’s day celebrations,” he said.