Greek Cypriot Negotiator, Ambassador Andreas Mavroyiannis is set to have meetings this week in the New York with UN Secretariat officials and UN Security Council members.
The Security Council is expected to adopt on Tuesday, January 30 a resolution renewing the peace keeping force in Cyprus, UNFICYP’s mandate for another six months, taking into account three reports by the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres; his good services report of September 28th, his report on the strategic review of UNFICYP which was circulated in December and his report on UNFICYP of January 9, 2018.
On Tuesday, the UN SG’s Special Representative in Cyprus, Elizabeth Spehar, will brief the countries contributing human resources to UNFICYP, while on Wednesday afternoon in a closed consultation she will brief UN Security Council members on matter pertaining to the peace keeping force and the Cyprus problem.
She is also expected to have meetings with the permanent representatives at the UN of Cyprus, Turkey and other interested parties.
A draft resolution is expected to be presented by the British to the rest Security Council members after their session.
Apart from having various meetings at the UN, the Greek Cypriot negotiator is scheduled to deliver on Friday evening a lecture on the Cyprus problem at the Centre of Hellenic Studies of Rutgers University in New Jersey, in the context of an event organised by the Greek Student Association of the University, the Cypriot Federation, the International Coordinating Committee “Justice for Cyprus” (PSEKA) and the “Salamis” union.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The latest round of UN-peace talks at the Swiss resort of Crans – Montana ended without an agreement. Talks held under the auspices of the UN aim at reunifying Cyprus under a federal roof.
UNFICYP was established by Security Council resolution 186 (1964), with a mandate “to prevent a recurrence of fighting and, as necessary, to contribute to the maintenance and restoration of law and order and a return to normal conditions”. While the mandate of the Mission remains the same to date, its responsibilities evolved following the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, to include supervising the ceasefire lines, maintaining a buffer zone, and facilitating inter-communal contacts.