Security Council extends mandate of UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus

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UNITED NATIONS, July 28 (Xinhua) — The Security Council on Tuesday adopted a resolution to renew the mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) for six months.

Resolution 2537, which won the unanimous support of the 15-member council, extends UNFICYP’s mandate till Jan. 31, 2021.

The resolution expresses serious concern about the increased number and severity of violations of the military status quo along the cease-fire lines and urges the sides and all involved parties to respect UNFICYP’s mandated authority in, and delineation of, the buffer zone.

It urges the sides and all involved parties to renew their political will and commitment to a settlement under UN auspices, and calls on them to refrain from any actions and rhetoric that might damage chances of success.

It calls for the establishment of an effective mechanism for direct military contacts between the sides and the relevant involved parties, encourages full engagement with the proposal on the establishment of such a mechanism presented by UNFICYP, and calls for its timely implementation.

After independence in 1960, the tensions between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots increased. UNFICYP was set up by the UN Security Council in 1964 to prevent further fighting between the two sides.

Turkish troops occupied the northern part of Cyprus in 1974 in reaction to a coup by Athens-backed Greek Cypriots, splitting the country into two. The Security Council has mandated the force to perform additional functions after 1974. Enditem

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