30 July 2014
Security Council
SC/11500

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Security Council

7229th Meeting (AM)


Extending Mandate of United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus, Security Council


Resolution Urges Both Sides to Implement Confidence-building Measures


The Security Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until 31 July 2015 today, noting that progress made thus far had not yet resulted in a comprehensive and durable settlement between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot sides.


Unanimously adopting resolution 2168 (2014), the 15-member body urged the two sides to implement confidence-building measures, noting it looked forward to agreement on and implementation of further steps, including military confidence-building measures and the opening of other crossing points that could contribute to a settlement.


Further by the text, the Council called on both sides to continue to engage, as a matter of urgency and while respecting the UNFICYP mandate, in consultations with the mission on the demarcation of the buffer zone between them, and on the 1989 United Nations aide memoire, with a view to reaching an agreement on outstanding issues.  The Council also called on the Turkish Cypriot side and Turkish forces to restore the military status quo existing in Strovilia before 30 June 2000.


The meeting began at 10:05 a.m. and ended at 10:10 a.m.


Resolution


The full text of resolution 2168 (2014) reads as follows:


The Security Council,


Welcoming the report of the Secretary-General of 9 July 2014 (S/2014/461) on the United Nations operation in Cyprus,


Noting that the Government of Cyprus has agreed that in view of the prevailing conditions on the island it is necessary to keep the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) beyond 31 July 2014,


Noting the intention of the Secretary-General to report on his good offices in the next reporting period, and echoing the Secretary-General’s firm belief that the responsibility for finding a solution lies first and foremost with the Cypriots themselves, and reaffirming the primary role of the United Nations in assisting the parties to bring the Cyprus conflict and division of the island to a comprehensive and durable settlement,


Welcoming the resumption of negotiations and the Joint Declaration adopted by the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders on 11 February 2014, and the cross-visits of the Chief Negotiators to Ankara and Athens, and expressing its support for the ongoing efforts of the leaders and negotiators to reach a comprehensive settlement as soon as possible,


Recalling the importance attached by the international community to all parties engaging fully, flexibly and constructively in the negotiations, and noting that the move towards a more results-oriented phase of negotiations has not yet resulted in an enduring, comprehensive and just settlement based on a bicommunal, bizonal federation with political equality, as set out in the relevant Security Council resolutions, encouraging the sides to intensify the substantive negotiations on the unresolved core issues interdependently, and stressing that the status quo is unsustainable,


Noting the need to advance the consideration of and discussions on military confidence-building measures, calling for renewed efforts to implement all remaining confidence-building measures, and for agreement on and implementation of further steps to build trust between the communities,


Reaffirming the importance of continued crossings of the Green Line by Cypriots, and encouraging the opening by mutual agreement of other crossing points,


Convinced of the many important benefits, including economic benefits, for all Cypriots that would flow from a comprehensive and durable Cyprus settlement, urging the two sides and their leaders to foster positive public rhetoric, and encouraging them clearly to explain the benefits of the settlement, as well as the need for increased flexibility and compromise in order to secure it, to both communities well in advance of any eventual referendums,


Highlighting the importance of the supporting role of the international community, and in particular that of the parties concerned in taking practical steps towards helping the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders to exploit fully the current opportunity,


Taking note of the assessment of the Secretary-General that the security situation on the island and along the Green Line remains stable, and urging all sides to avoid any action, including violations of the military status quo, which could lead to an increase in tension, undermine the progress achieved so far, or damage the goodwill on the island,


Recalling the Secretary-General’s firm belief that the situation in the buffer zone would be improved if both sides accepted the 1989 aide memoire used by the United Nations,


Noting with regret that the sides are withholding access to the remaining minefields in the buffer zone, and that demining in Cyprus must continue, noting the continued danger posed by mines in Cyprus, noting also recent proposals and discussions on demining, and urging rapid agreement on facilitating the recommencement of demining operations and clearance of the remaining minefields,


Commending the work of the Committee on Missing Persons, highlighting the importance of intensifying its activities, urging the opening up of access to all areas expeditiously to allow the Committee to carry out its work, and trusting that this process will promote reconciliation between the communities,


Agreeing that active participation of civil society groups, including women’s groups, is essential to the political process and can contribute to making any future settlement sustainable, recalling that women play a critically important role in peace processes, welcoming all efforts to promote bicommunal contacts and events including, inter alia, on the part of all United Nations bodies on the island, and urging the two sides to promote the active engagement of civil society and the encouragement of cooperation between economic and commercial bodies and to remove all obstacles to such contacts,


Stressing the need for the Council to pursue a rigorous, strategic approach to peacekeeping deployments,


Welcoming the intention of the Secretary-General to keep all peacekeeping operations under close review to ensure efficiency and effectiveness, including a review of UNFICYP (United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus) when appropriate, and noting the importance of contingency planning in relation to the settlement, including recommendations as appropriate for further adjustments to UNFICYP’s mandate, force levels and other resources and concept of operations, taking into account developments on the ground and the views of the parties,


Noting with appreciation the efforts of Lisa Buttenheim as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and acting Special Adviser, thanking the outgoing Force Commander Major General Chao Liu, welcoming the incoming Force Commander Major General Kristin Lund, thanking Alexander Downer for his efforts over the last six years as Special Adviser, and encouraging the Secretary-General to appoint a Special Adviser in the near future,


Echoing the Secretary-General’s gratitude to the Government of Cyprus and the Government of Greece for their voluntary contributions to the funding of UNFICYP, and his request for further voluntary contributions from other countries and organizations, and expressing appreciation to Member States that contribute personnel to UNFICYP,


Welcoming and encouraging efforts by the United Nations to sensitize peacekeeping personnel in the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases in all its peacekeeping operations,


“1.   Acknowledges the progress made so far in the fully fledged negotiations, but notes that this has not been sufficient and has not yet resulted in a comprehensive and durable settlement, and urges the sides to continue their discussions to reach decisive progress on the core issues;


“2.   Takes note of the report of the Secretary-General (S/20144/461);


“3.   Recalls Security Council resolution 2026 (2011), and calls upon the two leaders to:


(a)  Put their efforts behind further work on reaching convergences on the core issues;

(b)  Continue to work with the Technical Committees with the objective of improving the daily lives of the Cypriots;

(c)  Improve the public atmosphere for the negotiations, including by focussing public messages on convergences and the way ahead, and delivering more constructive and harmonized messages; and

(d)  Increase the participation of civil society in the process as appropriate;


“4.   Urges the implementation of confidence-building measures, and looks forward to agreement on and implementation of further such mutually-acceptable steps, including military confidence-building measures and the opening of other crossing points, that can contribute to a conducive environment for a settlement;


“5.   Welcomes all efforts to accommodate the Committee on Missing Persons exhumation requirements and calls upon all parties to provide full access to all areas expeditiously, given the need to intensify the Committee’s work;


“6.   Reaffirms all its relevant resolutions on Cyprus, in particular resolution 1251 (1999) of 29 June 1999 and subsequent resolutions;


“7.   Expresses its full support for UNFICYP and decides to extend its mandate for a further period ending 31 January 2015;


“8.   Calls on both sides to continue to engage, as a matter of urgency and while respecting UNFICYP’s mandate, in consultations with UNFICYP on the demarcation of the buffer zone, and on the United Nations 1989 aide memoire, with a view to reaching early agreement on outstanding issues;


“9.   Calls on the Turkish Cypriot side and Turkish forces to restore in Strovilia the military status quo which existed there prior to 30 June 2000;


“10.  Calls on both sides to allow access to deminers and to facilitate the removal of the remaining mines in Cyprus within the buffer zone, and urges both sides to extend demining operations outside the buffer zone;


“11.  Requests the Secretary-General to submit a report on implementation of this resolution, including on contingency planning in relation to the settlement, by 10 January 2015 and to keep the Security Council updated on events as necessary;


“12.  Welcomes the efforts being undertaken by UNFICYP to implement the Secretary-General’s zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse and to ensure full compliance of its personnel with the United Nations code of conduct, requests the Secretary-General to continue to take all necessary action in this regard and to keep the Security Council informed, and urges troop-contributing countries to take appropriate preventive action including the conduct of pre-deployment awareness training, and to take disciplinary action and other action to ensure full accountability in cases of such conduct involving their personnel;


“13.  Decides to remain seized of the matter.”


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