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United Nations condemn assaults against Peace
keepers by the Turkish occupying regime in Cyprus
20 August 2023
The United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) condemns the
assaults against UN peacekeepers and damage to UN vehicles by personnel from
the Turkish Cypriot side this morning.
The incident took place inside the buffer zone near Pyla/Pile as UN peacekeepers
blocked unauthorized construction work in the area.
Threats to the safety of UN peacekeepers and damage to UN property are
unacceptable and constitute a serious crime under international law which will be
prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
UNFICYP calls on the Turkish Cypriot side to respect the mission’s mandated
authority inside the UN buffer zone, refrain from any actions that could escalate
tensions further and to withdraw all personnel and machinery from the UN buffer
The mission is monitoring the situation closely and remains committed to
ensuring calm and stability are maintained in the area.
UN Security Council Press Statement on Cyprus
The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council
President Linda Thomas-Greenfield (United States):
The members of the Security Council expressed serious concern at the launch of
unauthorized construction work by the Turkish Cypriot side inside the United
Nations buffer zone near Pyla/Pile. The members of the Security Council stressed
that this action runs contrary to Security Council resolutions and constitutes a
violation of the status quo in the United Nations buffer zone.
The members of the Security Council condemned the assaults against UN
peacekeepers and damage to UN vehicles by Turkish Cypriot personnel, and
wished a speedy and full recovery to the peacekeepers who were injured. They
underlined that attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute crimes under
international law and reaffirmed their full commitment to the safety and security
of all UN personnel.
The members of the Security Council welcomed the halt in unauthorized
construction by the Turkish Cypriot side and the removal of equipment and
personnel. The members of the Security Council underscored the need to avoid
any further unilateral or escalatory actions by either party that could raise
tensions on the island and harm prospects for a settlement. The members of the
Security Council called on all parties to show flexibility and to support the efforts
of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General to negotiate mutually
agreed development in the area concerned.
The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their full support for the United
Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) and its mandated authority in
and delineation of the buffer zone, and called for the removal of all unauthorized
constructions and the prevention of unauthorized military or civilian activities
within and along the ceasefire lines.
The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their commitment to an
enduring, comprehensive and just settlement in accordance with the wishes of
the Cypriot people, and based on a bicommunal, bizonal federation with political
equality, as set out in relevant Security Council resolutions. They encouraged both
sides to take tangible steps in support of the efforts of the Special Representative
of the Secretary-General and to fully engage with UNFICYP to promote a
The members of the Security Council also reiterated their call for the sides to
reach an agreement regarding the proposal of the Secretary-General to appoint a
United Nations envoy, who could provide critical support in the search for
common ground with the goal of returning to formal negotiations for a lasting
settlement in Cyprus.
The members of the Security Council agreed to remain seized of the matter.
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