UN Security Council adopts resolution on UNFICYP
by Apostolis Zoupaniotis
United Nations, Jun 16 (CNA) -- UN Security Council expresses regret that ''the gap between words and deeds remains too great for the Secretary General to resume fully his good offices mission'' and urges ''progress towards the resumption of negotiations for a comprehensive settlement'' in Cyprus.
In resolution 1687 adopted unanimously renewing the mandate for a further six-month period of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), the Security Council also encourages active participation in bicommunal discussions at the technical level, under the leadership of the Special Representative of the Secretary General in Cyprus.
The 15-member body reiterates ''its call to the parties to assess and address the humanitarian issue of missing persons with due urgency and seriousness'' and welcomes ''in this regard the resumption of the activities of the Committee on Missing Persons since August 2004, as well as the appointment by the Secretary General of a third member who will assume his duties in July 2006.''
It urges ''both sides to avoid any action which could lead to an increase in tension and, in this context, noting with concern sequential developments in the vicinity of Dherinia, the increase in unauthorised construction of building for personal and commercial use in the buffer zone, and developments at certain checkpoints in sector four, including the restrictions on UNFICYP's freedom of movement and encouraging both sides to engage in consultations with UNFICYP on the demarcation of the buffer zone and to respect UNFICYP's mandate and operations in the buffer zone.''
Furthermore, it regrets that ''the gap between words and deeds remains too great for the Secretary General to resume fully his good offices mission'' and urges ''progress towards the resumption of negotiations for a comprehensive settlement.''
In this context it welcomes the Secretary General's efforts to encourage renewed bicommunal contacts and the agreement to a proposal to establish a mechanism for bicommunal discussions at the technical level, as well as the agreement of both leaders to meet on the occasion of the installation of the third member of the Committee on Missing Persons on Cyprus.
It also welcomes ''the progress in demining, particularly in the Nicosia area, and expresses strong support for UNFICYP's efforts to extend operations to Turkish forces minefields in the rest of the buffer zone.''
It expresses ''concern at continued disagreement over construction activity relating to the proposed additional crossing point at Ledra Street'' and urges ''both sides to cooperate with UNFICYP to resolve this issue.''
It reaffirms all its relevant resolutions on Cyprus, in particular resolution 1251 (1999) of 29 June 1999 and subsequent resolutions, and calls on the Turkish Cypriot side and Turkish forces to restore in Strovilia the military status quo which existed prior to 30 June 2000.
The Security Council notes that the government of Cyprus has agreed that in view of the prevailing conditions in the island, it is necessary to keep the Force in Cyprus beyond 15 June 2006.
It also encourages active participation in bicommunal discussions at the technical level, under the leadership of the Special Representative of the Secretary General in Cyprus, express its full support for the latter and requests the Secretary General to submit a report on the implementation of this resolution by 1 December 2006.