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Security Council adopts resolution on UNFICYP
2002-06-13 22:01:44

United Nations, Jun 13 (CNA) - The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted resolution 1416, by which it "decides to extend the mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) for a further period ending 15 December 2002".

In its resolution, the Security Council "reaffirms all its relevant resolutions on Cyprus" and "welcomes the report of the Secretary General of 30 May 2002 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 also notes that "the government of Cyprus has agreed that in view of the prevailing conditions in the island it is necessary to keep UNFICYP beyond 16 June 2002".

The Security Council "requests the Secretary General to submit a report by 1 December 2002 on the implementation of this resolution" and "urges the Turkish Cypriot side and Turkish forces to rescind the restrictions imposed on 30 June 2000 on the operations of UNFICYP and to restore the military status quo ante at Strovilia".

The Turkish occupation forces illegally put up a checkpoint in the south- eastern area of Strovilia as part of measures against UNFICYP in retaliation to the non-inclusion of an addendum in a report by UN chief Kofi Annan for an earlier renewal of the Force's mandate with a Turkish demand for separate discussions with UNFICYP.

Here follows the full text of Security Council resolution 1416(2002):

"Welcoming the report of the Secretary-General of 30 May 2002 (S/2002/590) on the United Nations operation in Cyprus, and in particular the call to the parties to access and address the humanitarian issue of missing persons with due urgency and seriousness,

Noting that the Government of Cyprus has agreed that in view of the prevailing conditions in the island it is necessary to keep the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) beyond 15 June 2002,

Welcoming and encouraging efforts by the United Nations to sensitize peacekeeping personnel in the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS and other communicable discases in all its peacekeeping operations,

1. Reaffirms all its relevant resolutions on Cyprus, and in particular resolution 1251 (1999) of 29 June 1999 and subsequent resolutions;

2. Decides to extend the mandate of UNFICYP for a further period ending 15 December 2002;

3. Requests Secretary-General to submit a report by 1 December 2002 on the implementation of this resolution;

4. Urges the Turkish Cypriot side and Turkish forces to rescind the restrictions imposed on 30 June 2000 on the operations of the UNFICYP and to restore the military status quo of Strovilia;

5. Decides to remain actively seized of the matter."|

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