The United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) was providing immediate humanitarian assistance, the Force’s Spokesperson, Aleem Siddique, told CNA on Friday regarding the case of a group of migrants in the buffer zone, noting that they were mostly women and children.

Asked by CNA about the group, which, according to sources has been in the Nicosia buffer zone, in the area behind the University of Cyprus since Tuesday, Siddique said that they were mostly women and children.

“They are receiving immediate humanitarian assistance from UNFICYP including food, water, shelter and medical assistance for the most vulnerable people”, Siddique said.

Cyprus President Nikos Christodoulides, asked about it on Friday afternoon, said that it concerned 13 irregular migrants, and that the Government was handling the case the same way it handled a similar case in the past.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The latest round of negotiations, in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively. In January, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres appointed María Ángela Holguín Cuéllar of Colombia as his personal envoy for Cyprus, to assume a Good Offices role on his behalf and search for common ground on the way forward in the Cyprus issue.

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