United Nations Security Council renews UNFICYP’s mandate

The US Security Council approved unanimously on Friday June 15 2007, Resolution 1758 (2007) that renews for a further six month period the mandate of the UN Peace-Keeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).

Cyprus’ Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Andreas Mavroyiannis, expressed the happiness of the Cypriot Government towards the decision of the Security Council. He stated that “the Government of Cyprus considers the presence of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus as indispensable as long as the problem and the occupation of part of the country by Turkey persists”.

The Security Council asserts that the status quo in Cyprus is unacceptable and agrees with the Secretary General that the responsibility of finding a solution lies primarily with the Cypriots themselves.

More importantly, Resolution 1758 (2007), fully supports the July 8 agreement and welcomes the principles and decisions enshrined therein, stressing that a comprehensive settlement based on a bicommunal bizonal federation and political equality “is both desirable and possible and should not be further delayed.”  Specifically, the Security Council notes the lack of progress and calls upon all parties involved to immediately engage constructively with the UN’s efforts to demonstrate “measurable progress in order to allow fully-fledged negotiations to begin, and cease mutual recriminations.”

When called upon to comment the Resolution, Cyprus Government Spokesman Mr. Vasillis Palmas noted that, the Cypriot Government itself is very satisfied with the adoption of the Resolution, as it reiterates the firm adherence of the UN to the principles and decision of the July 8 Agreement. To that extend, Mr. Palmas stated that “we call on the Turkish Cypriot side to fully cooperate in order to achieve, in practice, prospects for progress towards a settlement of the Cyprus question through the exact implementation of the July 8 Agreement”.

Furthermore, he added that “we note with satisfaction the fact that the Security Council, once again, did not adopt the allegation for the so-called isolation of the Turkish Cypriots, which, as it is known, to the extent that it applies, is due to the military invasion and the ongoing illegal occupation of a considerable percentage of Cypriot territory by Turkey.”

The mandate of the  UN Peace-Keeping Force in Cyprus ends on December 15, 2007.

Source: Cyprus Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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