Greek Cypriot Negotiator to meet with UN officials in New York

Greek Cypriot Negotiator, Ambassador Andreas Mavroyiannis will travel to New York this week to meet with UN Secretariat officials and UN Security Council members.

According to CNA, on January 30 the Security Council is expected to approve the continuing presence of the peacekeeping force in Cyprus by renewing UNFICYP’s mandate for another six months, taking into consideration three reports by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, namely his good services report of September 28th, his report on the strategic review of UNFICYP that was released in December as well as his report on UNFICYP of January 9, 2018.

On Tuesday, the UN SG’s Special Representative in Cyprus, Elizabeth Spehar is expected to brief the countries whose human resources participate in UNFICYP and on Wednesday afternoon she will have a closed consultation with UN Security Council members in order to brief them on developments regarding UNFICYP and the Cyprus issue.

Mrs Spehar is also expected to meet with the permanent UN representatives of Cyprus and Turkey as well as with representatives of other stakeholders, while the British are expected to present a draft resolution to their counterparts at the Security Council at the end of the meeting.

Meanwhile, the Greek Cypriot negotiator, Mr Mavroyiannis has also been invited to give a lecture on the Cyprus issue at the Centre of Hellenic Studies of Rutgers University in New Jersey on Friday evening. The lecture will be part of an event held by the Greek Student Association of the University, the Cypriot Federation, the International Coordinating Committee “Justice for Cyprus” (PSEKA) and the “Salamis” union.

Cyprus was divided in 1974 as a result of the Turkish invasion and occupation of the northern part of the island. UN peace talks aimed at the reunification of Cyprus in the form of a federal state took place at Crans-Montana, Switzerland last year but ended up in deadlock.

With a mandate “to prevent a recurrence of fighting and, as necessary, to contribute to the maintenance and restoration of law and order and a return to normal conditions,” UNFICYP has remained on the island since 1964 according to Security Council resolution 186. After the Turkish invasion in 1974, the peacekeeping force has also assumed the responsibility of supervising the ceasefire lines, maintaining a buffer zone, and facilitating inter-communal contacts.

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