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Jordan joins the ranks of police contributing countries to UNFICYP

Jordan has joined the ranks of police contributing countries to the UN peace-keeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).

Mutaz Hayajneh, the first United Nations Police (UNPOL) officer representing Jordan in the Mission raised on Wednesday the Jordanian flag at UNFICYP headquarters in Nicosia, while two additional officers from Jordan are expected to join the Mission`s Police component shortly.

UN Secretary-General`s Special Representative and Head of UNFICYP Elizabeth Spehar as well the Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in Cyprus Mohamad El-Fayez, along with UNFICYP personnel, attended the flag-raising ceremony.

According to UNFICYP, since 1992, Jordan has provided military and police officers, including female peacekeepers, to seven peace operations. UNFICYP is the eighth Mission to now count Jordan among its troop  and police contributing countries.

UNFICYP spokesperson, Aleem Siddique, has told the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) that UNPOL has now 69 of its members serving in Cyprus. They come from 15 countries.

The number of military staff is 801, while around 138 people serve as civilian staff.

Siddique also said that the members of UN peace-keeping missions serve on rotation for six months or one year at each mission.

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

Repeated rounds of UN-led peace talks have so far failed to yield results. The last round of negotiations, in the summer of 2017, at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana, ended inconclusively.

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.

(Cyprus News Agency)

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