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Spehar to hold contacts in US ahead of Unficyp consultations

UN Special Representative in Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar arrives at the Presidential Palace to talk about the Cyprus issue

The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (Unficyp, Elizabeth Spehar, will hold contacts in New York and Washington in mid-January, ahead of consultations at the United Nations Security Council on the renewal of Unficyp mandate.

According to the provisional programme of work of the Security Council, consultations will take place on January 22 and the adoption of the resolution by the Security Council to extend the mandate of Unficyp for another six months is scheduled for January 30.

Sources told the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) that Spehar was expected to travel to New York on January 12 to have consultations with high-ranking UN officials. From there she will travel to Washington to hold meetings with US officials.

The same sources said that before travelling to the US, Spehar is expected to meet in Cyprus with President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci.

At the UN headquarters, the Special Representative will meet with Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo and Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations. She will also meet with officials from Unficyp-contributing countries and with members of the Security Council.

In Washington, Spehar will hold contacts at the State Department to discuss the Cyprus problem and the renewal of the force’s mandate.

She will return to New York to brief the Security Council prior to their consultations and vote.

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