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Cyprus Government welcomes renewal of UNFICYP mandate
2006-12-21 09:38:52

United Nations, Dec 15 - The Government of Cyprus has expressed satisfaction over the adoption by the Security Council of Resolution 1728 renewing the mandate of UNFICYP for six more months.

In a statement, Cyprus’ Permanent Representative to the UN Andreas Mavroyiannis noted that: “The Resolution is a satisfactory one that addresses the main issues and the renewal is for the Force to remain as it is right now, the same strength, the same numbers, the same concept of operations and the same mandate.”

He also expressed the Cypriot Government’s “appreciation to the Council for supporting the ongoing process and the effort to start technical discussions in order to prepare the ground for full-fledged negotiations as soon as there is sufficient progress”.

According to the resolution, the Security Council welcomes the report of the Secretary-General of 1 December 2006 on the United Nations operation in Cyprus.

It notes that the Government of Cyprus agrees that in view of the prevailing conditions in the island it is necessary to keep UNFICYP beyond 15 December 2006.

It takes note of the assessment of the Secretary-General that the security situation on the island continues to be generally stable and that the situation along the Green Line remains calm, and welcomes the decrease in the overall number of incidents involving the two sides.

The Council expresses its strong appreciation for the work of Under-Secretary-General Gambari in achieving the 8 July agreement between Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat.

It welcomes ''the principles and decisions enshrined therein, including recognition that the status quo is unacceptable and that a comprehensive settlement based on a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation and political equality, as set out in the relevant Security Council Resolutions, is both desirable and possible and should not be further delayed.''

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