Security Council extends UNFICYP mandate
By Apostolis Zoupaniotis
United Nations, Nov 24 (CNA) - The UN Security Council has extended the mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) for another six months, ending on June 15.
Resolution 1517, adopted unanimously today, ''welcomes the report of the Secretary General of 12 November 2003 on the UN operation in Cyprus and in particular the call to the parties to assess and address the humanitarian issue of missing persons with due urgency and seriousness''
It expresses concern ''at the further continuing violations by the Turkish Cypriot side and Turkish forces at Strovilia and urges them to restore the military status quo which existed there prior to 30 June 2000''.
It ''urges the Turkish Cypriot side and Turkish forces to rescind all remaining restrictions on UNFICYP.
The Security Council notes that ''the government of Cyprus has agreed that in view of the prevailing conditions ?n the island it is necessary to keep UNFICYP beyond 15 December 2003''.
Furthermore it reaffirms all its relevant resolutions on Cyprus and in particular resolution 1251 (1999) of 29 June 1999 and subsequent resolutions.
The Security Council ''requests the Secretary General to submit a report by 1 June 2004 on the implementation of this resolution''.
The resolution welcomes and encourages UN efforts to sensitise peacekeeping personnel in the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases in all its peacekeeping operations.