Egypt stresses adherence to UN resolutions amidst tensions in Cyprus' divided buffer zone

Ahram Online , Sunday 20 Aug 2023

​Egypt has called for calm and the prevention of actions that could exacerbate tensions in Cyprus, following the recent attack on the UN peacekeeping mission within the buffer zone that separates the Turkish Cypriot north and the Greek Cypriot south.

This picture taken on June 14, 2018, shows a Turkish and Turkish-occupied north flags in front of UN casemate inside the buffer zone that slices between the internationally recognised Republic of Cyprus and the Turkish-occupied north, in Nicosia.AP


In an official statement, the Foreign Ministry of Egypt emphasized the significance of respecting the authority of the UN peacekeeping mission and the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council.

Egypt stressed the significance of preventing any acts from complicating the situation and changing the current circumstances along the ceasefire lines and the demilitarized zone. Egypt also pushed for a return to the road of a thorough resolution of the Cypriot issue in line with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

An altercation between Turkish Cypriot soldiers and UN peacekeepers occurred on Friday when they were attempting to block the construction of a contentious road in the buffer zone, which is located in the village of Pyla.

The village is located on the UN-maintained Green Line that separates the internationally recognised Republic of Cyprus from the northern statelet of Turkish Cypriots.

Cyprus, which is a part of the EU, has been divided since 1974. The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus was established in 1983 by Turkish Cypriot authorities. Since the breakdown of the most recent round of negotiations mediated by the UN in 2017, efforts to reunite the island in the Eastern Mediterranean have been at a standstill.

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