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UNFICYP to KD: Asylum seekers in the Dead Zone to have access to asylum procedures

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    UNFICYP's concern about the situation in the Dead Zone with asylum seekers – Provides immediate humanitarian aid – “Asylum seekers must have unhindered access to asylum procedures”

    Asylum seekers must have unhindered access to asylum procedures as provided for by national, European and international refugee law, the UN Peacekeeping Force states in its statement regarding the situation of asylum seekers who are within the Dead Zone and expresses concerns< /strong> to the Republic of Cyprus for the increaseof asylum seekers in the Dead Zone.

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    Yesterday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in a statement expressed deep concern for the safety and well-being of about 31 of asylum seekers, including seven children, who, as he reports, are trapped in the Dead Zone.

    In today's statement, UNFICYP points out that the maintenance of calm and security throughout the dead zone remains UNFICYP's first priority.

    It notes that the force, in close cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for the Refugees, provides immediate humanitarian assistance, including food, water, shelter and emergency medical assistance to the most vulnerable people such as women and children.

    He adds that UNFICYP ” understands the concerns in relation to irregular crossings in the Dead Zone”.

    However, as requested in yesterday's UNHCR statement, “asylum seekers must have unfettered access to asylum procedures, as provided for by national, European and international refugee law”, adding that “we express our concerns to the Republic of Cyprus for dealing with the intensifying humanitarian situation we are facing within of the United Nations dead zone”.

    Source: cyprustimes.com

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