Turkish daily Hurriyet reported that President Mustafa Akinci had a telephone conversation with the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtas, after seven people were injured in a fight at the European University of Lefke.
According to a statement issued by the HDP’s press office, Akinci and Demirtas had spoken on the phone on May 30, the day of the fighting, with both sides reaffirming their wish to ensure the safety of all students in North Cyprus
“The president [Akinci] said all necessary precautions were being taken to prevent a recurrence of the incident and called for support to ensure peace for everyone,” the statement said, adding that Demirtas expressed his concern over rising tensions.
“Demirtas said all efforts would be made in collaboration to ensure the peace and safety of all students,” it added.
The conversation came after hundreds of Turkish nationalist and pro-Kurdish students clashed with stones, sharp objects and iron bars in the early hours of May 29. Seven people were reportedly injured in the fight, which also damaged university buildings.