Strovilia

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Strovilia (Turkish: Akyar) is a small Cypriot village located at the border of the de facto Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) with the British Sovereign Base Area (SBA) of Dhekelia. It is the site of a Green Line crossing.

The Cyprus UN buffer zone boundaries are defined as the cease fire lines of 16 August 1974. The Turkish forces, believing Strovilia to be within the area assigned to the SBA, did not occupy it by the time the cease fire came into effect.

Strovilia is the sole location on the island where the Republic of the Cyprus shares a direct border with the occupied territories as opposed to having a UN buffer zone between the two areas.

On 30 June 2000, the Turkish military advanced into Strovila and took control of a small part of it, thus increasing the occupied areas of the island. On 1 February 2019 the Turkish military again advanced and took control of another three houses in the Republic, telling the occupants that they were now resident within the TRNC. They retreated after three weeks and the nearby British base placed barriers. Both incidents have resulted in repeated calls from the United Nations for the restoration of the recognised 1974 ceasefire line. [1]

On 14 December 2011, United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted the resolution renewing the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) and calling for the restoration in Strovilia of "the military status quo which existed prior to 30 June 2000".[2]

Strovilia was not mentioned in subsequent UNSC resolutions for the renewal of UNFICYP until the resolution of 30 July 2014,[3] which reiterated the call for the restoration.[4]

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Coordinates: 35°05′42″N 33°54′00″E / 35.095°N 33.900°E / 35.095; 33.900