Statement by the Secretary-General on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP)
New York, 3 March 2014
Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). On 4 March 1964, the Security Council, by its resolution 186 (1964), mandated UNFICYP to contribute to a return to normal conditions following violence and bloodshed between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities in Cyprus. Over the past fifty years, UNFICYP has played a crucial role in preventing a recurrence of fighting and contributing to the resolution of issues that affect the everyday lives of Cypriots across the island.
On this special occasion, I wish to express my gratitude to the 32 countries that have contributed either troops or police or both to the Mission and their peacekeepers, but also pay tribute to the 184 peacekeepers who lost their lives in support of peace in Cyprus.
I am confident that this fiftieth anniversary will provide much needed impetus to the ongoing negotiations for a comprehensive settlement of the long-lasting Cyprus problem. I trust that in the period ahead, both sides, with support from the United Nations, will strive for such a comprehensive settlement so that Cyprus may be united again.
Statements on 3 March 2014
- New York, 3 March 2014 - Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Bahrain
- Tarrytown, New, 3 March 2014 - Secretary-General's video message to UNDP Global Management Meeting
- New York, 3 March 2014 - Secretary-General's message on World Wildlife Day: “Go Wild for Wildlife”
- Geneva, 3 March 2014 - Secretary-general's remarks at the opening of the World Wildlife Day Exhibition [As delivered]
- Geneva, 3 March 2014 - Secretary-General's remarks at High-Level Segment of Human Rights Council [scroll down for full English text]