Special Representative and Head of UNFICYP briefs UN Security Council

Elizabeth Spehar briefs the UN security council in relation to the extension of the force's mandate

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Special Representative and Head of UNFICYP Elizabeth Spehar briefs UN Security Council

UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Cyprus and Head of the UN peacekeeping force on the island (UNFICYP), Elizabeth Spehar, will be briefing the UN Security Council in the framework of its deliberations on UNFICYP in view of the renewal of the force’s mandate, during a meeting of the Council that will take place on January 30.

“Elizabeth Spehar, will be briefing the UN Security Council in the framework of its deliberations on UNFICYP in view of the renewal of the force’s mandate.”

According to its program of work, the UNSC’s convenes today at 10:00 New York time for its deliberations on UNFICYP. The meeting will be closed.

The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has recommended that the Security Council extends the UN peace-keeping force’s in Cyprus mandate for six more months, until July 31st, 2020, reiterating his commitment to exploring with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and with the guarantor powers the possibility to convene an informal five-plus-UN meeting at an appropriate stage.

“UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has recommended that the Security Council extends the UN peace-keeping force’s in Cyprus mandate for six more months.”

“In this regard, I again urge the leaders, the guarantor powers and other interested parties to make productive use of the coming period,” Guterres said in his report on UNFICYP.

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

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.

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