Last update: 17-09-2021 17:27
Austrian newspaper Kurier focuses on possible new increase in migration flows to Cyprus following developments in Afghanistan
On the occasion of the visit of the Austrian Minister of European Affairs Caroline Edstadler to Cyprus, the Austrian newspaper Kurier focuses on the possible new increase of migration flows in Cyprus after the developments in Afghanistan and the role of Turkey.
“An 11 km long barbed wire runs west of the divided capital of Cyprus, Nicosia. But along the 170km ‘green line’ that separates the Greek south from the Turkish Cypriot north, there are fewer than 900 UN troops. It is their duty to ensure that armed conflicts between the two communities do not recur, as they did almost five decades ago. But the helmets do not stop the immigrants moving south. In recent years, thousands of immigrants have arrived here. “After the fall of Kabul to the Taliban, there are fears of an even greater number of Afghan refugees entering from the northern part of the island.”
The new dilemma of the Cypriot government according to the Austrian newspaper: “Protection of the ‘green line’ with its own soldiers is not a matter for the Nicosia government – this would mean recognizing the division of the island and the coherent recognition of the Turkish Cypriot north independent state. But this creates a window for migrants, which leads directly to the EU – nowhere else is it easier. “Turkish President Erdogan has repeatedly made this situation to send migrants to Cyprus, thus putting pressure on the Cypriot government.”
The Courier concludes: “Cyprus can not be repatriated to the north by migrants arriving mainly from Africa. This would mean recognizing the northern part of the island as an independent state. However, as long as one does not reach the Republic of Cyprus, it is just as difficult to go from there to mainland Europe. And so the number of immigrants on the island is further increasing “.
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