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UN Peacekeepers Keeping Watch on Turkish-Cypriot Buffer Zone Work

November 29, 2023

NICOSIA – United Nation peacekeepers on Cyprus were said to be monitoring the buffer zone to check if Turkish-Cypriot soldiers were carrying out construction work after earlier tensions a road was being built there.

The Cyprus News Agency said that UNFICYP was put on alert that work was being done in the UN-controlled strip that separates the Turkish and Greek-Cypriot sides, the northern third occupied since 1974 invasions.

That was by the Ayios Dometios checkpoint in Nicosia, which is in the UN-controlled buffer zone, the Turkish-Cypriots reportedly installing a rotating camera and antenna on top of an unused building as well.

“We are collaborating with the Turkish-Cypriot side to prevent tensions and ensure the maintenance of the status quo,” UNFICYP spokesperson Aleem Siddique told the CNA, saying that the situation was “calm and under control.”

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