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Denia raises concerns over Turkish Cypriot activities near buffer zone

File photo of a previous incident in Denia

People living in the village of Denia close to the buffer zone are facing fresh challenges, according to community leader Christakis Panayiotou, who on Wednesday said that Turkish Cypriot forces have initiated construction activities in the north, raising concerns among locals.

Panayiotou added that the Turkish Cypriot forces appear to be constructing an anti-tank trench estimated to be four to five metres wide and three to four metres deep.

These actions, observed by local farmers, have sparked worries about increased tensions in the area.

In response to the developments, President Nikos Christodoulides made statements saying that “the safety of residents in areas adjacent to the buffer zone remains unaffected.”

During a ceremony at Tepak University, Christodoulides addressed the recent challenges in Denia, stressing the immediate briefing on Turkish Cypriot actions and the anticipated submission of a relevant note.

“We will take all necessary actions, including addressing the United Nations and the EU,” the president said, acknowledging the provocations originating beyond the buffer zone.

“We observed an escalated trend from the occupying forces. That’s why I engaged with the UN secretary-general,” Christodoulides clarified, highlighting the government’s commitment to ensuring the security of residents neighbouring the buffer zone.

Christodoulides said the developments in Denia have raised concerns with the United Nations and the defence and foreign ministries, who have already informed about the situation.

He also mentioned ongoing dialogues with the UN, the EU and other relevant entities capable of addressing the situation effectively.

Expressing concern over the impact of such actions on the Cyprus problem’s resolution, Christodoulides reiterated the need for a comprehensive solution, underlining the significance of exploring prospects for restarting negotiations.

“We welcome the appointment and expect the envoy’s visit to Cyprus as soon as possible to explore prospects for restarting negotiations,” Christodoulides concluded, recognising, however, the complexities and challenges surrounding the longstanding Cyprus problem.

 

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