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What will the UN do next after Cyprus talks fail?

10 July 2017

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After the failure of the Cyprus Conference, all eyes were turned towards the United Nations. The UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide will inform the UN Security Council about the developments in the Cyprus problem and the Conference on Cyprus at Crans-Montana on 19 July.

Following which, the meeting on the adoption of the Security Council’s decision to extend the mandate of the peacekeeping mission for another six months will be discussed on Monday, July 24th.

It was also a matter of curiosity as to what the United Nations Peacekeeping mission would be after the Cyprus Conference did not result in an agreement. The report on the issue comes onto the agenda of the Security Council, while the United Nations is responding to questions about the Cyprus Peacekeeping Force’s mandate.

According to the July programme of the Chinese Ambassador and Permanent Representative Liu Jieyi of the United Nations Security Council, the UN Secretary-General’s report on the Peace Force will be presented to the Security Council tomorrow.

Following the submission of the report, UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar will inform the countries that have contributed to the Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus on July 13.

The Security Council had extended the mandate of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until 31 July 2017 today, while encouraging the divided island nation’s leaders to “grasp the current opportunity” of recent progress in negotiations to secure a comprehensive settlement of the dispute between them.

Yeni Duzen, UN.org

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