News Local Security Council convenes on July 29 to extend UNFICYP mandate

Security Council convenes on July 29 to extend UNFICYP mandate

 

 

The Security Council is scheduled to convene on July 29 on the extension of the mandate of the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).

Germany holds the chair of the UN Security Council in July and according to the schedule announced by the country’s Ambassador to the UN, Christoph Heusgen, troop contributing countries will be briefed on July 16 via videoconference.

On July 20, Elizabeth Spehar, the Special Representative of the Secretary General in Cyprus, will brief Security Council members, also via videoconference.

The German Presidency of the Security Council announced that it intends to gradually hold physical meetings, by observing all social distancing measures. Therefore, holding a face-to-face meeting for the extension of the mandate of UNFICYP, with reduced presence of diplomats, should not be ruled out.

The Secretary-General’s report on UNFICYP is expected to be handed over to the members of the Security Council by July 10. The updates the Security Council asked from the Cyprus leaders, concerning Antonio Guterres’ good offices, have been already submitted to the Secretary-General.

The United Nations Peace Keeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), comprising military and civilian personnel from various contributing countries, arrived in Cyprus in March 1964 after intercommunal fighting broke out. The mandate of the force is renewed every six months by the Security Council. The latest renewal was in January this year.

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 latest round of negotiations, in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana ended inconclusively.

(CNA)

Top Stories

Beirut: Cypriot Mission to start operations on Friday

The men of the Catastrophe Response Special Unit (EMAK) and the Police Emergency Response Unit (MMAD) as well as the tracking dogs who arrived...

Moody’s: Bank of Cyprus’ sale of nonperforming exposures credit positive, asset quality remains a challenge

Bank of Cyprus’ latest sale of non performing exposures is credit positive, Moody’s rating agency says while pointing that weak asset quality remains the...

Greece’s PM: “If we can’t reach an agreement with Turkey, let’s go to The Hague”

The pandemic and Greek-Turkish relations were among the topics touched on by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Wednesday, while participating in the 2020 Aspen...

The four possible scenarios for the new school year

The Ministry of Education is busy planning ahead in terms of digital technology and distance learning in case they need to implement it in...

Mitsero residents object to planned relocation of asphalt plants

Government plans to move the asphalt plants located in the industrial zones of Dali-Tseri to Mitsero area has sparked the anger of the community...

Taste

Octopus ‘Kathisto’ (or Octopus braised in Wine)

Ingredients: 1/2 cup Greek extra virgin olive oil 2 medium onions, chopped fine 1 large octopus, about 2kg (cleaned and kept whole) 3/4 cup dry red wine 1/3 cup...

Homemade lemonade

Ingredients: 1 cup lemon juice 1 cup sugar Method: Thoroughly wash the lemons with soap and warm water. Roll each lemon with the palm of your hand, pressing...

‘Striftaria’ mini cheese pies

Ingredients 1 ½ cup milk 2 tbsps. flour 4 tsps. of butter 3 eggs, slightly beaten + 1 extra with 1 tbs. of milk for spreading 1 pack of...

Mini potato canapes baked on salt

Ingredients Serves: 12 1kg small Cypriot potatoes rock salt, as needed 250g salted butter 300ml full fat cremé frâiche 1 pot cod or salmon roe Method Prep:20min › Cook:35min › Ready in:55min Take...