News Local Foreign Ministry made representations over latest incidences in the buffer zone

Foreign Ministry made representations over latest incidences in the buffer zone

The Foreign Ministry has made representations to the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) over every single incident that occurred last week in the buffer zone near Denia, during which the Turkish occupation army obstructed Greek Cypriot farmers trying to cultivate their land, Foreign Ministry spokesman Demetris Samuel has told CNA.

He added that the Ministry is following and evaluating the situation constantly, in contact with the local authorities and UNFICYP.

Responding to a question about the latest incidents in the buffer zone, Samuel said that the Foreign Ministry was informed about these incidents, that took place last week, from the very first moment they occurred.

He added that the Foreign Ministry made representations to UNFICYP for every single incidence separately, requesting the immediate intervention of the UN peacekeeping force, with a view to restoring the farmers’ rights to cultivate their plots and ensure their safety.

Moreover, Samuel noted that “the Foreign Ministry follows and evaluates the situation constantly, and to this end it is in contact with the local authorities as well as with UNFICYP.”

UNFICYP spokesperson, Aleem Siddique, told CNA on Saturday that “maintaining the military status quo and the safety of civilians in the buffer zone remains our most important priority.”

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory.

(Cyprus News Agency)

Top Stories

Headmaster Lambon: The English School still a leader in education (PHOTOS)

The English School has always been an innovator with a reputation as a leader in education but the coronavirus pandemic has proved it is...

Cypriots fed up with rising corruption, insufficient measures to combat it-poll

Cypriots are fed up with rising corruption on the island and consider as insufficient measures announced by the government aiming to combat the bleak...

Parked car with driver inside falls in sea waters after brake was not pulled (PHOTOS)

A car parked by the sea in Peyia area and whose driver forgot to pull its brake early on Sunday ended up falling in...

EU’s Reynders: Cyprus can no longer sell passports through citizenship schemes

Cyprus can no longer sell passports through citizenship schemes, EU Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders told Sunday’s Phileleftheros in an exclusive interview. And it should...

Swiss voters to decide ban on facial coverings

Swiss voters are deciding on a far-right proposal to ban facial coverings as they take to the polls on Sunday in a binding referendum...

Taste

Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...

Mezedes

No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...