The continued operation of Unficyp, the United Nations’ peacekeeping mission in Cyprus, is necessary while the island’s division remains unresolved, Cyprus’ Permanent Representative to the UN Kornelios Korneliou told the UN Security Council, according to a statement by the Press and Information Office on Thursday.
According to the statement, Korneliou reiterated to the council the Republic of Cyprus’ commitment to do its utmost to overcome the deadlock and to prepare the way for a comprehensive settlement of the issue.
The ambassador was addressing an open debate of the UN Security Council, chaired by Egypt’s Permanent Representative Amr Abdellatif Abulatta entitled ““United Nations Peacekeeping Operations: Their potential contribution to the overarching goal of sustaining peace”.
Referring to Unficyp, Korneliou said that it “constitutes an example of an effective peacekeeping mission and its continuation is necessary as long as the Cyprus problem remains unresolved.”
He underlined that the situation in Cyprus and the prospects for peace would have been far worse had Unficyp not been present and active on the island, the press release added.
“We remain committed to the goal of reunification of the island since any other alternative does not serve the interests of the Cypriot people, Greek Cypriots, and Turkish Cypriots,” Cyprus’ Permanent Representative to the UN said.
He further expressed readiness “to do our utmost to overcome the deadlock and to pave the way for a comprehensive settlement which will finally achieve Cyprus’ reunification in a viable, functional state, in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions, international law and the European Union acquis.”
Korneliou conveyed Cyprus’ “gratitude to the Secretary General for his tireless efforts and his personal involvement in the effort for a solution to be reached in the Cyprus problem as well as to the Security Council for its strong message of unity and support”.