Pinsteps. Lindins street buffer zone in Nicosia
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United Nations (UN) maintains a peacekeeping mission in Cyprus called the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). This mission was established in 1964 to prevent further fighting between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities and to contribute to the return of normal conditions on the island. Since the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974 and the subsequent division of the island, the UNFICYP's role has evolved.

The UNFICYP is responsible for monitoring the ceasefire lines and the buffer zone (also known as the Green Line) that separates the Greek Cypriot-controlled southern part of Cyprus from the Turkish Cypriot-controlled northern part. The buffer zone runs through the capital city of Nicosia and across the island, stretching approximately 180 kilometres (112 miles) from east to west.

The UNFICYP's activities in the Green Line include:

Patrolling and monitoring the buffer zone to ensure that the ceasefire is maintained and to prevent any escalation of tensions between the two sides. Liaising with both Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot military forces to build trust, reduce misunderstandings, and address any incidents that occur in the buffer zone. They are facilitating humanitarian assistance, such as access to health care, education, and social services for people living in the buffer zone. It is supporting efforts to clear landmines and unexploded ordnance within the buffer zone to improve safety for both residents and peacekeepers. Please note that the situation in Cyprus and the activities of the UNFICYP may have changed since September 2021. For the most up-to-date information on the UNFICYP's work in the Green Line and Cyprus, it is recommended to visit the United Nations website or the UNFICYP website.

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A one-day tour of Nicosia and Kakopetria is a great way to experience the history, culture, and natural beauty of Cyprus. Starting in Nicosia, the capital city of Cyprus, you can explore the island's rich history by visiting numerous historical sites, such as the Venetian walls, Ledra Street, and the buffering zones.

After a morning of sightseeing in Nicosia, head to the picturesque village of Kakopetria in the Troodos Mountains. This charming village is renowned for its traditional architecture, including beautiful stone houses and winding cobblestone streets. Stroll through the town to admire the beautiful homes or visit the Church of Transfiguration, which boasts stunning frescoes from the post-Byzantine era.

One of the most popular attractions in Kakopetria is the Karkotis River, which offers a perfect setting for relaxing sightseeing or a refreshing waterfall breeze of the clear waters. For those who enjoy hiking, the Vateri Nature Trail is a great way to explore the surrounding mountains and forests.

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