episodes It occurred Friday morning (8/18) in the “dead zone” in Pella Cyprusbetween Turkish Cypriots And men United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).
In the morning, the UN men headed to the area roadblock they Tasks To widen/improve the existing road between occupied Arsous and Bella village. It was created there intensity With groups of Turkish Cypriots attacking, beating and provoking them Damages and l United Nations vehiclesaccording to his information politis.com.cy.
Declaration of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus
“The United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) condemns the attacks against UN peacekeepers and damage to UN vehicles by Turkish Cypriot personnel this morning.
The incident occurred within the dead zone near Pila/Belluna, where UN peacekeepers were preventing unauthorized construction work in the area.
Threats to the security of UN peacekeepers and damage to UN property are unacceptable and constitute a serious crime under international law, and will be fully prosecuted.
UNFICYP calls on the Turkish Cypriot side to respect the authority vested in the mission within the UN dead zone, to refrain from any actions that could further escalate tensions, and to immediately withdraw all personnel and equipment from the UN dead zone.
The mission is monitoring the situation closely and remains committed to ensuring that calm and stability are maintained in the area.”
Cypriot government reaction
the Cypriot government Through the government representative announced yesterday (17/8) that works to prevent it from the person concerned Turkish designIn cooperation with the permanent members of the Security Council, the European Union and the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus, as well as the Greek government. “The Turkish occupation regime is trying to establish new settlements inside the dead zone in the Bilas region, and it plans to enter the region illegally to build a road linking the occupied village of Arsos with an illegal military outpost of the occupation regime,” confirms Mr. Limbiotis, and states that “contacts are ongoing at the highest level by the international community with Ankara as recipient, emphasizing the seriousness of the violation, as well as the negative consequences of such an action, both for the prospects for resuming negotiations on the Cyprus issue and the European-Turkish issue. The Cypriot government expects the peacekeeping force in Cyprus to prevent these plans in accordance with the terms of its mandate. .
with letter The Turkish Cypriot administration directed to the peacekeeping force announced yesterday on August 17 that it is proceeding with the construction of a road from the village of Arsos to Pella. The total length of the Pelas-Arsos route is 11.6 kilometers. The first 7.5 kilometers lie within the boundaries of the village of Arsos, while the remaining 4.1 kilometers lie within the boundaries of Pella. The justification given is allegedly humanitarian and relates to the service of Turkish Cypriots in Pella and Arsos. The population of the Pella plateau, which includes the villages of Arsos and Pergamos, is served by both the Pella and Pergamos forts located within the British bases. In its letter, the Turkish Cypriot side claims that the British at the Pergamum checkpoint discriminate and force Turkish Cypriots to suffer, unlike Cypriots who enjoy privileges because of their membership in the European Union.
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