On Tuesday, December 5, the Cypriot Foreign Ministry said that “if the UN Secretary-General’s report regarding UNFICYP’s review is endorsed by the Security Council, the reduction of its military personnel will have no bearing on UNFICYP’s operational capacity, as it mainly affects support staff, noting that ‘assurances at the highest level have been received in this regard’, reports CNA.
According to the ministry’s statement, “as per usual practice, it will convey to the UN Secretariat the Government’s observations on the report’s various elements.”
The report also refers to the Security Council Resolution 186(1964) which, as the ministry regards it, is of special importance since thanks to that Resolution, the UNFICYP was established. This was something with which Cyprus agreed. Furthermore, it is of importance as “it contains the Force’s mandate” that remains unchanged until now…/IBNA