Τhe UN is not leaving Cyprus, the UN Secretary General’s spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said on Friday.
Commenting on media reports in Cyprus, according to which the UNSG’s special representative in Elizabeth Spehar referred to a possible withdrawal of the UN peacekeeping force from the island, Dujarric said: “I will have to shut it down. The UN is not leaving Cyprus.”
The UN peacekeeping mission “has a mandate, given by the UNSC,” he said, adding “That mandate remains, the UN will remain, supporting Cyprus, the people of Cyprus, and I think from what I understand, the Special Representative was misquoted.”
“The mission is there to continue to monitor the line between the two communities.”
t is not, he added, “a matter of no peace to keep. No one would ever say that Cyprus is in a state of war or conflict. There is peace,” he noted.
“What we are looking for and what we will continue to be available to Cypriot parties is to help reach that political agreement,” he said. In the meantime, he added, “the UN mission there is staying on the ground.”