Russia has expressed readiness to send up to five officers from its armed forces to serve in the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (Unficyp), the country’s Tass New Agency reported on Tuesday.
According to the report, Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed the foreign ministry and the defence ministry to inform the UN Secretariat that Russia is ready to send up to 30 Russian servicemen to the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) and up to five members of the military to the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (Unficyp), the presidential order published on the legal data portal informs.
The document also entrusts the Russian foreign ministry with informing the UN Secretariat of “Russia’s readiness to send up to 5 servicemen of the Russian Armed Forces to the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus as liaison officers, military observers and staff officers,” the presidential order informs.
Unficyp was first deployed in 1964, while half of its funding is currently covered by Cyprus and Greece.
It is the first UN peacekeeping mission to have three women in charge of its military, police and civilian staff.
Head of Unficyp is Elisabeth Spehar, while its Force Commander is Major General Cheryl Pearce of Australia, and Ann-Kristin Kvilekval from Norway is the force’s Senior Police Adviser.