Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, to visit Cyprus

Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, will visit Cyprus in the next week, sources from the UN Secretariat said.

The aim of the visit, the sources added, is to monitor the implementation of the strategic review of UNFICYP that was decided by the Secretary-General and ratified through the Security Council resolution 2389 which renewed UNFICYP’s mandate in January for a further six months.

Diplomatic sources said Lacroix will meet the leaders of the two communities on the island. Despite the fact that the visit is not linked with the SG’s good offices mission, it is almost certain that Lacroix will convey to Antonio Guterres the views of the two leaders on the recent developments on the Cyprus problem.

Jeffrey David Feltman, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, was scheduled to visit Cyprus last December but the visit was cancelled in anticipation of the results of Elizabeth Spehar, the UN secretary-generals special representative in Cyprus, contacts on the island. Feltman’s term in office expires in March.

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

A Conference on Cyprus in the context of UN led talks for the reunification of Cyprus under a federal roof, which took place in the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana last summer ended without an agreement.

Source: Cyprus News Agency