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Over-enthusiastic hunters in Cyprus are making life difficult for peacekeepers manning cease-fire lines on the divided island, a U.N. spokesman said Tuesday.

Hunting is a favorite pastime of thousands of Greek Cypriots who turn out in droves during the winter to shoot game in the countryside.

"Over the last number of days there have been a number of encroachments by hunters in the buffer zone and shots have been fired deliberately over the heads of U.N. personnel," said Waldemar Rokoszewski, a spokesman for the United Nations force in Cyprus.

The 1,265-member multinational force mans a 112 mile-long "buffer zone" splitting Cyprus, which has been divided since a Turkish invasion in 1974 after a brief Greek-inspired coup.

The season, which allows hunting of hare and partridge, started Nov. 1 and ends today.

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