UN Security Council consultations on UNFICYP’s mandate renewal conclude

The UN Security Council is expected to unanimously adopt on Thursday a resolution on the renewal of UNFICYPs mandate for another six months until 31 January 2018.

The move takes place in the wake of US President Donald Trump’s attempts to review UN peacekeeping operations worldwide.

The US delegation insisted on including a paragraph in the resolution on a “strategic review” which it has imposed on all resolutions on peacekeeping operations.

Nicosia insisted and finally persuaded the members of the Security Council that this evaluation should be based exclusively on rigorous evidence-based assessment of the impact of UNFICYP activities.

The consultations on the wording of the twelfth paragraph of the preview resulted in delaying the completion of the consultations and postponing the adoption date to 27 June.

According to the relevant paragraph which is expected to be adopted tomorrow in the context of the resolution, the UN Security Council requests the Secretary-General to conduct a strategic review of UNFICYP focused on findings and recommendations on how UNFICYP should be optimally configured to implement its existing mandate, based exclusively on rigorous evidence-based assessment of the impact of UNFICYP activities.

It further requests the Secretary-General to report on the results of this review when appropriate within 4 months of the adoption of this resolution.

The Security Council requests the Secretary-General to maintain transition planning in relation to a settlement, guided by progress in negotiations, and encourages the sides to engage with each other, as well as with UNFICYP and the United Nations Good Offices mission in this regard.

The Council reaffirms all its relevant resolutions on Cyprus, in particular resolution 1251 (1999) of 29 June 1999 and subsequent resolutions and welcomes the progress of the leaders-led process since 11 February 2014 and the efforts of the leaders and their negotiators to reach a comprehensive and durable settlement.

It also notes the outcome of the Conference on Cyprus and encourages the sides and all involved participants to sustain their commitment to a settlement under UN auspices.

In addition, it expresses its full support for the Secretary-General in continuing to keep his Good Offices at the disposal of the parties, and requests the Secretary-General to submit a report on implementation of this resolution by 10 January 2018 and to keep the Security Council updated on events as necessary.

Cyprus has been divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion. Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to reach a negotiated settlement that would reunite the country under a federal roof. The latest such attempt was in early July this year in Crans Montana.

UNFICYP, one of the longest serving peace operations, arrived in Cyprus in March 1964 after intercommunal fighting broke out.

Source: Cyprus News Agency