National Guard Chief Lieutenant General Ilias Leontaris has said that the Republic of Cyprus recognizes the long-standing successful presence of the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP
) and the effective implementatin of its mandate, adding that the mission creates the conditions for the resumption of the negotiations for a Cyprus settlement.
The Security Council will discuss in late January the resolution on the renewal of the UNFICYP
The meeting is part of Spehar's customary contacts with the two leaders prior to the discussion by the Security Council of the Unficyp
report and decision on whether to renew the peacekeeping force's mandate for another six months.
Mutaz Hayajneh, the first United Nations Police (Unpol) officer representing Jordan in the Mission raised the Jordanian flag at Unficyp
headquarters in Nicosia, while two additional officers from Jordan are expected to join the Mission`s Police component shortly.
The report proposes the extension of the mandate of UNFICYP
--which will expire on December 15-- until June 15 2010.
The UN Secretary-General's report on Unficyp
is due to be handed over to the Security Council on July 10.
The MACC has removed and destroyed more than 14,000 mines since 2004, with the support of UNFICYP
. A total of 57 minefields have been cleared to date, covering more than 6.5 million square metres of land.
Based on the preliminary schedule, the council will hold a meeting with countries providing staff to Unficyp
and on July 19 UN Special Representative Elizabeth Spehar will brief the council which is expected to convene on July 30 to adopt the resolution in a public session.