UNSC extends Cyprus mandate

The United Nations Security Council has extended the mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus for another 6 months.

 UNSC extends Cyprus mandate

The United Nations Security Council has extended the mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) for another 6 months.

The resolution, which extends UNFICYP's soon-to-expire mandate until June 15, 2011, received "Yes" votes from 14 members of the Security Council during a voting on Tuesday, while Turkey displayed an opponent stance against the resolution.

Delivering a statement after the resolution's adoption, Turkish ambassador Ertugrul Apakan said the 1964-dated resolution establishing UNFICYP and all the decisions adopted afterwards to extend the mandate of the peacekeeping force pointed to a "single party" in Cyprus although there was not a joint and constitutional government that reflected the island as a whole.

Apakan said today's resolution had neither corrected such mistake, nor it had fully reflected the opinions UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had laid down in his latest report on Cyprus.

The resolution that extends UNFICYP's mandate in Cyprus urges leaders of the two communities in the island to increase the pace of the ongoing peace talks. Praising the progress recorded in the negotiations so far, the resolution also expresses concern that there has been a slow-down in the process in recent months.

The resolution also underscores that there is currently a unique opportunity for a timely and steady progress in Cyprus, adding leaders of both communities should benefit from such opportunity in the best way.

Cyprus reunification talks have been going on since September 2008.

As part of the process, Turkish Cypriot President Dervis Eroglu and Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias had their last meeting on December 6 and set out a time-line for the negotiations.

Last month, leaders had a tripartite meeting with UN SG Ban Ki-moon, who called on parties to add momentum to talks. Ban said they decided to come together again in Geneva at the end of January 2011, and to intensify the talks to prepare a "practical plan" to eliminate disagreements.

Eroglu and Christofias are expected to hold their next meeting on December 15.


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