UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, said on Thursday that the UN peacekeeping mission in Cyprus is the first to have three women in charge of its military, police and civilian staff.
Guterres made the observation in a tweet, also stressing the importance of women peacekeepers.
The tweet followed a meeting of the UN chief with Head of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (Unficyp), Elisabeth Spehar in New York.
“Our @UNPeacekeeping Mission in Cyprus is our first to have three women in charge of its military, police and civilian staff,” Guterres tweeted. He added that the he had an inspiring conversation with Spehar about the importance of women peacekeepers.
The Force Commander of Unficyp is Major General Cheryl Pearce of Australia, while Ann-Kristin Kvilekval from Norway is the force’s Senior Police Adviser.
Spehar, who is in New York for contacts, is to brief the UN Security Council members on Wednesday, during close consultations, on peacekeeping issues as well as on developments in the efforts to resume negotiations.
In addition to internal consultations at the Secretariat, Spehar is also to meet ambassadors of the permanent members of the Security Council, as well as of Cyprus, Greece and Turkey.
On Thursday, she met with the Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the UN, Ambassador Kornelios Korneliou and on Friday is to meet with the Permanent Representative of Greece Ambassador Maria Theophilis.
On Wednesday, Spehar met US Assistant Secretary of State Wes Mitchell and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer.