A couple of days before the president of the Republic of Cyprus. Anastasiades meets with Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Akıncı in hopes of finding a way to revitalize reunification talks, the country’s foreign ministry says Turkish forces in the occupied-by-Turkey north are throwing up new impediments for Greek Cypriots living in a village next to a British military base.
The foreign ministry of Cyprus said Saturday that a new fence erected along a rural road in Strovilia blocks farmers from reaching their fields.
The ministry said the U.N. peacekeeping mission has noted the actions as breaching the area’s military status quo.
Turkey has kept 35,000 troops in the Turkish Cypriot north since 1974, when it invaded following a coup by supporters of union with Greece.
In 2000, Turkish forces had advanced their positions further into Strovilia.