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UNFICYP
United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus

Peacekeepers patrol the buffer zone on bicycles in Nicosia.
October 2011
© UNFICYP / Rastislav Ochotnicky
Peacekeepers patrol the buffer zone on bicycles in Nicosia.

Mission facts

  • Location:
    Cyprus
  • Headquarters:
    Nicosia
  • Duration:
    March 1964 to present

Mission facts

Contributing to a political settlement in Cyprus

UNFICYP was originally set up by the Security Council in 1964 to prevent further fighting between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities. After the hostilities of 1974, the Council has mandated the Force to perform certain additional functions.

In the absence of a political settlement to the Cyprus problem, UNFICYP has remained on the island to supervise ceasefire lines, maintain a buffer zone, undertake humanitarian activities and support the good offices mission of the Secretary-General.