Spehar to hold meetings with the leaders ahead of SC meeting on UNFICYP

UN Secretary Generals Special Representative and UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) Head, Elizabeth Spehar, will hold meetings with Cyprus President, Nicos Anastasiades, and Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci, as well as other actors of both sides in Cyprus, in view of the UN Security Councils discussion on UNFICYP in July.

UNFICYP spokesperson, Aleem Siddique, has told the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) that “in the weeks leading up to the renewal of UNFICYP’s mandate, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar will be meeting senior officials on both sides of the island, as she has done in previous years, to discuss the implementation of Security Council Resolution 2453.

Asked if Spehars contacts will include meetings with President Anastasiades and Akinci, Siddique said with the “leaders and senior officials on both sides.”

With its 2453 resolution, adopted on January 30, 2019, the UN Security Council renewed UNFICYPs mandate for six more months. Moreover, among others, it requested the Secretary-General “to submit by 10 July 2019 a report on implementation of this resolution, including progress on confidence-building measures, efforts towards establishing mechanisms to alleviate tensions and address island-wide matters and efforts of the two Leaders to prepare the communities for a settlement, and on how UN activities on Cyprus can be best configured to advance political progress while preserving stability, and to keep the Security Council updated on events as necessary.”

Spehar is expected to fly to New York in July in view of the presentation and the discussion of the UNSGs report on UNFICYP at the Security Council.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory.

Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The last round of negotiations, in the summer of 2017, at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana, ended inconclusively.

Comprising military and civilian personnel from various contributing countries, UNFICYP arrived in Cyprus in March 1964 after intercommunal fighting broke out. The mandate of the force is renewed every six months by the UN Security Council.

Source: Cyprus News Agency