Foreign Ministry made representations over latest incidences in the buffer zone, Samuel tells CNA

The Foreign Ministry has made representations to the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) for every single incidence that occured last week in the buffer zone, at the region of Dhenia village, during which Greek Cypriot farmers were prevented by the Turkish occupation army to cultivate their land unobstructed, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Demetris Samuel told CNA.

He added that the Ministry follows and evaluates 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 peacekeping force, with a view to restore 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 imporatnt priority.”

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

Source: Cyprus News Agency