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UN Peacekeeping Force asserts continued use of Ledra Palace

Historic hotel in Cyprus buffer zone remains vital for peacekeeping operations

Newsroom / CNA

The UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) has reaffirmed its commitment to maintain control of Ledra Palace, a historic hotel located in the Nicosia buffer zone, dismissing speculations about its return to the Church of Cyprus.

UNFICYP spokesperson Aleem Siddique clarified the organization's stance in response to inquiries, emphasizing the pivotal role of Ledra Palace in UNFICYP operations within the UN buffer zone.

Siddique explained, "Ledra Palace remains imperative for UNFICYP operations inside the UN buffer zone." He further elaborated, "The site is used every day for mission-critical activities, in addition to hosting a wide range of bicommunal events and activities."

In no uncertain terms, Siddique concluded, "There are no plans to abandon this location."

The issue regarding Ledra Palace's status was recently discussed during a meeting between Cyprus President Nikos Christodoulides and Archbishop Georgios, with the presence of Foreign Minister Constantinos Kombos.

Cyprus has remained divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of the island's territory.

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