Government welcomes adoption of UN Security Council Resolution on UNFICYP

The Government welcomes the adoption by the UN Security Council of the Resolution extending UNFICYP’s mandate until 31st July 2018, a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday.

As referenced in the resolution, the Government of Cyprus is in agreement with the Force’s maintenance, since its presence significantly contributes to safety and stability on the island, in view of the continued Turkish military occupation and in the absence of an agreed settlement, the Ministry noted.

Of particular importance, it said, is the reaffirmation of all relevant resolutions on Cyprus, the urging of all involved to renew their political will and commitment to a settlement under United Nations auspices, and the call to refrain from negative rhetoric.

The Security Council also expresses full support to the Secretary-General’s Good Offices’ continued availability, it added.

Finally, the Ministry welcomes the maintenance of the long-standing call for support to the Committee of Missing Persons’ work, as well as the call to the Turkish side to restore the status quo in Strovilia.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

The United Nations Peace Keeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), comprising military and civilian personnel from various contributing countries, arrived in Cyprus in March 1964 after intercommunal fighting broke out. The mandate of the force is renewed every six months by the Security Council.

Source: Cyprus News Agency