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UN chief reports on UNFICYP budget
2003-01-29 14:40:50

by Apostolis Zoupaniotis -- United Nations, Jan 29 (CNA) -- The expenditure for the functioning of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) for the period 1 July 2001 - 30 June 2002 reached 41,644,5 dollars, a UN Secretary General's performance report on the budget of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus for this period, said. The financial resources apportioned were 42,395,1 dollars.

Expenditure include 60,000 dollars from the government of Australia and 1,296,100 dollars from the government of Cyprus.|

The report said that bicommunal contact increased and approximately 7,300 Cypriots from both sides participated in the largest-ever celebration of United Nations Day. Furthermore some 4,300 young persons from both sides participated in a youth function. Meetings with civilian authorities on both sides at various levels and contacts with the diplomatic corps, communities and non-governmental organisations also took place.

As regards the progress towards normalisation of the buffer zone, it is noted that increased cooperation between the communities in the mixed village of Pyla and across the ceasefire line was achieved, as well as an agreement between the two sides to resume repairs to a section of the Nicosia city wall at Roccas Bastion.

The report also said that the goal to maintain calm situation within the buffer zone and 1000 metres adjacent to both ceasefire lines was achieved in general.

''The military status quo was maintained and full support was given to the maintenance of law and order and the return to normal conditions by an effective and efficient force. UNFICYP's movement remains at an operationally satisfactorly level, albeit at an additional cost due to the continued closure of 10 crossing points since 2000'', it added.

The report said direct talks between the community leaders in Cyprus, President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, were supported through the reprioritisation of the resources of the Civilian Police, who provided press and police liaison officers at each session of the talks from December 2001 until the end of the reporting period.

The mandate of the UNFICYP in Cyprus was established by Security Council resolution 186 (1964) of 4 March 1964. The Force is mandated to help the Security Council achieve an overall objective of ensuring peace and security in Cyprus and a return to normal conditions.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory.

CNA/MK/GP/2003

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