ISTANBUL ( Bloomberg)–Turkish authorities set fire to a mosque in Cyprus during the 1974 invasion of the Greek island to incite violence against its Greek population, retired Turkish Gen. Sabri Yirmibeşoğlu said on Friday during a televised interview on Habertürk.
Speaking about military strategy during a Habertürk interview, the general said Turks burned a mosque to increase animosity toward Greeks on Cyprus, Habertürk said. He did not say when the mosque-burning occurred. Turkey invaded the island in 1974 to prevent its unification with Greece.
Yirmibeşoğlu, who was in charge of civil resistance during the Cyprus war, said it was a rule of war to engage in acts of sabotage made to look as if they were carried out by the enemy.
Yirmibeşoğlu was later appointed secretary-general of Turkey’s powerful National Security Council.