UNFICYP to deliver humanitarian aid to the enclaved in Karpasia on Thursday

The UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) will collect humanitarian aid supplies from the Cyprus Government Stores on Thursday morning to deliver them to the enclaved living in Karpasia, Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou told CNA, adding that humanitarian aid will also be delivered on Friday to the enclaved living in the Maronite villages, in Cyprus Turkish occupied areas.

UNFICYP had informed the Republic of Cyprus authorities last week the the Turkish Cypriot puppet regime allowed the delivery of humanitarian aid to the enclaved without imposing “duties”, after the decision taken by the “council of ministers” in the occupied areas to revoke an earlier decision which imposed “duties” on humanitarian aid delivered from the southern government-controlled areas of the Republic to Greek Cypriots and Maronites in the northern occupied part of the island.

Responding to a question by CNA, Photiou said that approximately at 0800-0830 tomorrow morning UNFICYP will collect the supplies from the Cyprus Government Stores and deliver them to the enclaved in Karpasia, while the same procedure will be followed on Friday morning to deliver supplies to the enclaved in the Maronite villages.

“We have received assurances that the occupation regime will not impose any duties and we expect from UNFICYP to ensure that this process will be followed,” Photiou said.

The Turkish Cypriot puppet regime had taken the decision to impose “duties” on the humanitarian aid sent to the enclaved in the Autumn last year. The Cyprus government made clear that it would not, in any case, pay the “duties”.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. At the end of the second phase of the Turkish invasion late in August 1974, about 20,000 Greek and Maronite Cypriots inhabiting in villages and townships primarily in the Karpas Peninsula of northeast Cyprus and in villages west of the city of Kyrenia remained behind the ceasefire line. Today, only a total of 437 (April 2013) persons remain behind the green line, of whom 328 are Greek Cypriot and 109 Maronite Cypriots. These persons are known as the enclaved.

Despite the Third Vienna Agreement, Turkey and its Turkish Cypriot subordinate regime in occupied Cyprus have violated all its terms. Since 1974, the enclaved have endured conditions of hardship and oppression because of their ethnicity, language and religion.

Source: Cyprus News Agency