UN extends Cyprus mandate

The UNFICYP will continue to serve Cyprus till December 15, 2010.

UN extends Cyprus mandate

The United Nations (UN) Security Council extended on Tuesday the mandate of the peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) for six months.

The council adopted a resolution extending UNFICYP mandate for six more months. Turkey voted against the resolution, whereas 14 countries voted in favor of extension of UNFICYP's mandate.

The UNFICYP will continue to serve Cyprus till December 15, 2010.

The resolution defined ongoing negotiations between the two parties in Cyprus as a unique opportunity, and said the UN played a leading role in assisting parties in finding a comprehensive and permanent settlement to Cyprus problem.

The UN resolution appreciated the political leadership of the two parties in the island, and welcomed the progress made in ongoing negotiations so far.

In the resolution, the UN asked Turkish and Greek Cypriot parties to seize the opportunity to find a permanent solution, and said it was expecting the two parties to make progress soon.

The UN asked Turkish and Greek Cypriot parties to implement confidence-building measures, and open some other crossing points.

UNFICYP was originally set up by the Security Council in 1964 to prevent further fighting between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities.

The function of UNFICYP was originally defined by Security Council resolution 186 (1964) of 4 March 1964 in the following terms: [...] in the interest of preserving international peace and security, to use its best efforts to prevent a recurrence of fighting [between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities] and, as necessary, to contribute to the maintenance and restoration of law and order and a return to normal conditions?. UNFICYP became operational on 27 March 1964.

Following the hostilities of 1974, the Security Council adopted a number of resolutions expanding the mandate of UNFICYP to include supervising a de facto ceasefire, which came into effect on 16 August 1974, and maintaining a buffer zone between the lines of the Cyprus National Guard and of the Turkish and Turkish Cypriot forces.

In the absence of a political settlement to the Cyprus problem, the mandate of UNFICYP has been periodically extended by the Security Council and the Force has continued its presence on the island to supervise ceasefire lines, maintain a buffer zone, undertake humanitarian activities and support the good offices mission of the Secretary-General.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Haziran 2010, 12:50