Security Council P5 consultations for UNFICYP mandate renewal

The five permanent members of the UN Security Council are set to have on Thursday afternoon their first unofficial consultations on the draft resolution prepared by Britain for the renewal of the UNFICYP mandate.

The Council is scheduled to meet on Monday 24 July and the draft was given to the P5 yesterday afternoon.

According to a diplomat of one of the permanent council members the draft has been ready since Tuesday but Britain chose to negotiate it first with the US and France aiming to reach a quick agreement rather than presenting it to all the other members at the same time.

Diplomatic sources say that most of the content of the draft resolution is the same with the previous one but that there are small variations which bring it up to date, the most important being the addition the US have now asked for all peacekeeping operations, namely that of strategic review.

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

UNFICYP is one of the longest-running UN Peacekeeping missions. The Security Council established UNFICYP through resolution 186 (1964) on 4 March 1964 and has renewed the Mission’s mandate for six-month terms since then.

Source: Cyprus News Agency