Irish troops serving with the United Nations have to deal with violence between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities

Kevin O'Kelly reports from inside the Turkish quarter in Famagusta, Cyprus where four men have been shot and the Irish battalion have been called in to protect the area.

Earlier in the week, four people were killed in a gun fight. Three Greeks had ventured inside the walled Turkish city of Famagusta. The men killed and were identified as Mr Coastas Pandelides, the 21 year old son of the chief of police of Cyprus; Major Demetrios Boulos, and Captain Vassilios Capotas. Captain Panayiotis Tarsonelis was wounded.

Irish troops from the 40th battalion, on duty with the United Nations Forces, were called in to seal off Famagusta and man the walls of the ancient port.

When the four Greek men drove into Famagusta by car, the Turkish police were alerted to the possibility of trouble. Firing ensued and a sixty year old Turkish Cypriot was killed. The Greek men were then killed by the police. 

One of the people on the scene shortly after it happened was Sergeant Thomas Lakes from Graiguenamanagh in County Kilkenny who describes what he saw. 

When we arrived here the four Greeks were shot, they were lying on the road.

When Sergeant Lakes arrived on the scene, two of the men were still alive. The Red Cross arrived on the scene and collected the bodies and took them away. 

The 40th Battalion consisting of six hundred officers and men has now cordoned off the entire area.
 
An RTÉ News reports on 12 May 1964. The reporter is Kevin O'Kelly.