News Local Report on UNFICYP circulated as official document with minor changes

Report on UNFICYP circulated as official document with minor changes

The report of the UN Secretary General on the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) circulated on Wednesday as an official UN document with a few minor changes from the draft given unofficially to the members of the Security Council on January 11.

In paragraph 3 of the report, all four references to Jane Hall Lute have been replaced by “senior United Nations official.”

In the same paragraph, which refers to the report on the good offices mission, of October 15, the “prospects for a comprehensive settlement between the two communities on the island” are described as “positive.”

Furthermore, in paragraph 3, the report of the Secretary General changes the expression used for starting meaningful negotiations “within a foreseeable horizon” to “within a foreseeable future.”

At the end of paragraph 8, which refers to the cooperation of the two sides with UNFICYP, the whole phrase has been changed.

“Cooperation by either side with the mission in relation to the preservation of calm and stability in and around the buffer zone and the facilitation of inter-communal contacts was uneven,” the draft said.

The new wording is, “Both sides demonstrated incomplete cooperation with the mission, with regard to the preservation of calm and stability in and around the buffer zone and the facilitation of intercommunal contact.”

Lastly, in paragraph 22, which refers to “ongoing concerns regarding unauthorized access to the buffer zone by armed hunters,” the reference to the “Republic of Cyprus” which “agreed to a request from UNFICYP to exclude the buffer zone from designated hunting areas depicted in annual hunting maps, which have been adjusted accordingly,” became “Government of Cyprus.”

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

(Cyprus News Agency)

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