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UN chief requests additional funds for UNFICYP
2005-03-24 10:18:48

Nicosia, Mar 24 (CNA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is requesting an additional 3,052,700 dollars for the relocation of UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) personnel to more suitable facilities.

In his report on the UNFICYP budget for the period from 1 July 2005 to 30 June 2006, Annan says that the UN General Assembly should appropriate an additional amount of 3,052,700 dollars for the maintenance of the Force, including an amount of 1,017,566 dollars to be funded through voluntary contributions from the Government of Cyprus.

Annan says UNFICYP commissioned an independent engineering survey to determine the suitability of facilities for the accommodation of the mission's civilian police and military personnel, noting ''the survey confirmed that the facilities are structurally unsafe and that their continuing utilisation constitutes an unacceptable safety risk.''

''Given the prohibitive cost of refurbishing these facilities (approximately 20.2 million dollars), UNFICYP would relocate all personnel currently accommodated at the Ledra Palace Hotel and Camp San Martin to containerised facilities at a total cost of 3,762,200 dollars,'' he notes.

He adds that, taking into account additional resource requirements of UNFICYP in connection with the emergency relocation of military personnel from the Ledra Palace Hotel and Camp San Martin, the proposed 2005-2006 budgetary provisions for the maintenance of the Force will amount to 47,399,300 dollars gross, representing an increase of 3,052,700 dollars.

The actions to be taken by the General Assembly in connection with the financing of the Force are to appropriate an additional amount of 3,052,700 dollars for the maintenance of the Force for the period from 1 July 2005 to 30 June 2006, including an amount of 1,017,566 dollars to be funded through voluntary contributions from the Government of Cyprus, and to assess the amount of 2,035,134 dollars, representing the balance of the additional appropriation, at a monthly rate of 169,594 dollars.

UNFICYP is the longest UN peace-keeping operation in the world. It was established in 1964 when intercommunal clashes broke out. Today, apart from its humanitarian role, UNFICYP mans the 180-kilometre long buffer zone across the island drawn after the 1974 Turkish invasion and occupation of Cyprus' northern third.

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