Government in cooperation with UN on Strovilia tension, says Spokesman

Government authorities are in cooperation with the UN as regards the tension in the Strovilia area, the Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said on Thursday.

Invited to comment on the issue, the Spokesman pointed out that we are handling it in c?ncert with the United Nations, we have no further announcement for the time being.

Asked if the incident was serious enough, Prodromou said that as of now no assessment can be made and thus there is no further statement on behalf of the government.

On statements made by the Turkish side on Cyprus sovereign rights in its exclusive economic zone, the Spokesman spoke of an artificial crisis by the Turkish side, pointing out that the government is in accordance with the international law.

Speaking earlier to CNA, the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) spokesperson Aleem Siddique said that the peacekeeping force is aware that there is tension in the area of Strovilia and is liaising with both sides to reduce it.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 per cent of the island’s territory.

In 2000 the Turkish army moved their positions forward and violated the status quo in the village of Strovilia, a UN controlled strip of land situated between Dhekelia British Base and the occupied areas. Despite repeated calls by the UN to pull back to their original positions, nothing changed.

Source: Cyprus News Agency