UN mission in Cyprus extended by six months

08:15, June 14, 2011      

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The UN Security Council on Monday unanimously adopted a draft resolution to prolong the mandate of the UN mission in Cyprus (UNFICYP) by six months, ending Dec. 15,2011.

The resolution calls upon the Greek Cypriot leader Dimitris Christofias and his Turkish Cypriot counterpart Dervis Eroglu to intensify the momentum of negotiations and increase the participation of civil society in the process as appropriate.

The document also requests both sides to allow access to deminers and facilitate removal of the remaining mines in Cyprus within the buffer zone.

The Security Council requested UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to submit a report by December 2011 on the implementation of the resolution "to keep the Council updated on events as necessary."

Other decisions in the resolution include welcoming the efforts being undertaken by UNFICYP to implement UN secretary-general's zero tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse.

The resolution also urges troop-contributing countries to take appropriate preventive action including the conduct of pre- deployment awareness training, and to take disciplinary action and other reaction to ensure full accountability.

The UN has been facilitating talks between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leadership with a view to the eventual establishment of a federal government with a single international personality, consisting of a Turkish Cypriot Constituent State and a Greek Cypriot Constituent State, each of equal status.

The world body has maintained a peacekeeping force on the island known by its acronym UNFICYP since 1964, with a current strength of nearly 1,000 uniformed personnel and 150 international and national civilian staff.

Source: Xinhua
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