UK bases on Cyprus boost fight against migrant traffickers

Authorities at a British military base on Cyprus have hired 50% more customs officers and procured detection equipment to better thwart illegal immigration from the breakaway north of the ethnically split island.

Cyprus was cleft along ethnic lines in 1974 when Turkey invaded following a coup aimed at union with Greece. The breakaway Turkish Cypriot north declared independence nearly a decade later, but only Turkey recognizes it and maintains more than 35,000 troops there.

Cyprus has accused Turkey of deliberately channeling migrants in from the north, and has asked the EU‘s border agency Frontex to step in and help.