The Security Council to take decisions on UNFICYP, Spokesperson Aleem Siddique tells CNA

All decisions related to the mandate of UNFICYP are made by the Security Council and not at the field mission level, said Saturday UNFICYP Spokesperson Aleem Siddique.

Asked by CNA to comment on the points raised by the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mustafa Akinci, in a letter to the Security Council, concerning the mandate of the peacekeeping force in Cyprus, Siddique said that the letter contains issues that are for the Security Council’s consideration.

He further noted that the UN SG’s Special Representative on Cyprus and Head of Mission Elizabeth Spehar will be briefing the Security Council on Tuesday, July 17 and an important part of discussions will be the mandate of UNFICYP.

The Security Council is expected to proceed with a vote on the renewal of UNFICYP’s mandate before the end of its current term on July 31, Siddique concluded.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops 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