Cyprus: Peacekeeping Force update – Security Council Media Stakeout (21 July 2021)

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  • United Nations published this video item, entitled “Cyprus: Peacekeeping Force update – Security Council Media Stakeout (21 July 2021)” – below is their description.

    Informal comments to the media by Elizabeth Spehar, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), on the situation in the country.

    Elisabeth Spehar, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Cyprus emphasized the need to “avoid any unilateral actions that could increase tensions and derail the efforts to continue the dialogue in search of common ground including in Varosha.”

    After briefing the Security Council in closed consultations today (21 Jul) on the situation in Cyprus, Spehar told reporters, “I expressed the Secretariat’s deep concern over the recent developments and their negative impact on the relations between the parties and the possibilities to return to viable settlement talks.”

    She continued, “The Council is still deliberating on the issue of Varosha and the Secretariat will make further announcements in due course.”

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    In This Story: Cyprus

    Cyprus, officially called the Republic of Cyprus, is an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean.

    The Republic of Cyprus is de facto partitioned into two main parts: the area under the effective control of the Republic, located in the south and west and comprising about 59% of the island’s area, and the north, administered by the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, covering about 36% of the island’s area. Another nearly 4% of the island’s area is covered by a UN buffer zone.

    The Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia, remain under the UK’s control according to the London and Zürich Agreements.

    The Republic of Cyprus has been a member of the Commonwealth since 1961 and joined the European Union on 1 May 2004.

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