8168th Security Council Meeting: Situation in Cyprus

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30-Jan-2018 00:02:48
Security Council extends mandate of United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus, unanimously adopting Resolution 2398 (2018) at 8168th meeting.

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The Security Council today renewed the mandate of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) for six months and endorsed implementation of recommendations contained in the Secretary-General’s strategic review of the mission.

Unanimously adopting resolution 2398 (2018), the Council extended UNFICYP’s mandate until 31 July and welcomed efforts by the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leadership to reach a comprehensive and durable settlement.

Noting the outcome of the Conference on Cyprus, which reconvened in June 2017 in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, it urged the sides and all involved participants to renew their political will and commitment to a settlement under United Nations auspices.

Recalling its resolution 2369 (2017), the Council called upon leaders of the two sides to, among other things, put their efforts behind further work on reaching convergences on core issues, and to improve the atmosphere for negotiation, including through more constructive and harmonized messages and refraining from rhetoric that could make success harder to achieve.

Requesting the Secretary-General to maintain transition planning in relation to a settlement, the Council welcomed his report on the Strategic Review of UNFICYP (document S/2017/1008) and endorsed implementation of its recommendations within existing resources.

The meeting began at 10:08 a.m. and ended at 10:11 a.m.
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