United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus

The Security Council on Thursday extended the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus until July, while urging the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities to continue discussions aimed at reunifying the divided Mediterranean island nation.

The 15-member body, in a resolution adopted by a vote of 14 in favour, with Azerbaijan abstaining, acknowledged the progress made so far in full-fledged negotiations, but noted that this has not been sufficient and has not yet resulted in a comprehensive and durable settlement.

UNFICYP has been deployed on the island since 1964, when inter-communal fighting erupted.

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.

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