15 June, 2007
The UN Security Council is expected to approve on Friday a resolution renewing for a further six-month period the mandate of the UN Peace-Keeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).
After consultations the big "5" of the 15-member international body have agreed to a draft resolution, expected to be approved unanimously, UN sources told CNA.
The draft resolution reaffirms that the status quo in Cyprus is unacceptable and that the time is not on the side of a settlement and that negotiations on a final political solution of the Cyprus problem have been at an impasse for too long.
The Council expresses full support of the 8 July process, notes with concern the lack of progress and calls upon all parties involved to immediately engage constructively with the UN's efforts to demonstrate "measurable progress in order to allow fully-fledged negotiations to begin, and cease mutual recriminations."
The draft resolution welcomes the principles and decisions enshrined in the 8 July agreement, stressing that a comprehensive settlement based on a bicommunal, bizonal federation and political equality, "is both desirable and possible and should not be further delayed."
The Security Council agrees with the Secretary General that the responsibility of finding a solution lies first and foremost with the Cypriots themselves and notes that 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.
Turkish troops have been occupying 37 per cent of Cyprus territory since 1974, ignoring repeated UN resolutions calling for their immediate withdrawal from this east Mediterranean island, an EU member state since 2004.
Source: Athens News Agency