Cyprus Mail

President to meet Spehar ahead Security Council vote on Unficyp

Unficyp chief Elisabeth Spehar

President Nicos Anastasiades intends to have a meeting with the UN Secretary General’s Representative and head of Unficyp Elizabeth Spehar prior to her departure for New York later this month where she will brief the UN Security Council ahead of the adoption of the resolution for the renewal of Unficyp’s mandate on July 30.

According to the Cyprus News Agency (CNA), a meeting will take place depending on progress in the president’s recovery following an operation on Saturday for a fractured hip. He was due to have met her on Friday but the meeting was postponed at Spehar’s request and was arranged for Monday.

Before any UN Security Council meeting on Cyprus, the Special Representative “will be having contacts with both sides ahead of her trip to New York,” a UN source told CNA.

The UN Secretary-General’s report on Unficyp is due to be handed over to the Security Council on July 10. Spehar will brief the Security Council on July 19, while the adoption of the resolution for the renewal of Unficyp’s mandate will take place on July 30. A meeting with Unficyp troop contributing countries will take place on July 15.

Comprising military and civilian personnel from various contributing countries, Unficyp arrived in Cyprus in March 1964 after intercommunal fighting broke out. The mandate of the force is renewed every six months by the UN Security Council.

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