The situation in Strovilia remains calm and stable, UNFICYP spokesperson tells CNA

UNFICYP Spokesperson, Aleem Siddique told the Cyprus News Agency on Friday that the situation in Strovilia remains calm and stable.

He added that UNFICYP will continue to engage and to monitor closely the situation in Strovilia.

Siddique noted that the peacekeeping force recalls that military positions established by the opposing forces in violation of the status quo in Strovilia are classified by the UN as permanent violations.

Earlier on, the British High Commission in Nicosia posted a statement on its account on twitter, saying that “in recent days there has been media speculation about developments at #Strovilia at the boundary with the Eastern Sovereign Base Area (SBA). A barrier has been erected as a temporary measure on the SBA side of the boundary stone to prevent smuggling and the avoidance of customs checks, in line with our duties under the Green Line Regulation”.

“We are content Cypriots in the area of #Strovilia are able to continue with their lives unhindered, without additional restrictions, including travel through the SBA”, it concludes.

According to information published in Phileleftheros newspaper yesterday, the Turkish occupation forces advanced recently in Strovilia area, increasing the extent of the territory which is under occupation, and used barrels, bars and chains for secluding an area where three families of Greek Cypriots are living in three houses.

On Thursday, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said that the government authorities are in cooperation with the UN.

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

The Republic of 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