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UNSG’s report on UNFICYP to be submitted by Thursday

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon`s report on the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) will be submitted in the next two days to the members of the UN Security Council (UNSC).

According to a diplomatic source, the UN Secretariat informed the members of the UNSC that the report will be submitted the latest on Thursday.

UNSG Special Advisor Espen Barth Eide`s references, that will be included in the UNSG`s good offices report, have already been sent to the UN and the report is expected to be published soon. But it is not clear yet whether the two reports (on UNFICYP and the good offices) will be circulated on the same day. Diplomatic sources said that no surprises are expected in neither report since nobody wishes to destroy the existing good climate.

In his good offices report the UNSG is expected to refer to the good climate and the progress made so far in the UN-led talks aiming to solve the problem of Cyprus, while in his report on UNFICYP he will refer to Turkey`s decision to allow excavations of possible mass graves in military zones in Cyprus Turkish occupied areas.

According to the same sources, Ban Ki Moon will not make any reference to a multipartite conference, as was the case with his good offices report in August 2011.

The UNSC`s agenda for this month includes a briefing on the 13th of January for the countries participating in UNFICYP. On the 15th of January informal consultations will take place on the UN draft resolution. The UNSC is expected to vote on the resolution on the 18th of January.

Although it is not clear yet when Eide will brief the UNSC, diplomatic sources said this will take place etween January 15- 27.

UN-led talks are underway in a bid to reunify the island under a federal roof.

CNA



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