28 September 2013 10:37

BRATISLAVA - Defense Minister Photis Photiou on Friday presented Slovak soldiers with decorations for their service in the United Nations Peace Force in Cyprus.
Photiou, who is paying an official visit to Slovakia, also said that their contribution confirms Slovakia’s support for peace and stability in Cyprus.
And that their presence is supportive to the efforts the government is making for the solution of the Cyprus problem on the basis of UN resolutions.
The Minister also thanked the Slovak Embassy in Nicosia for hosting meetings over the years between the political parties of the two communities at Ledra Palace at the capital’s UN controlled buffer zone. The aim is to assist the rapprochement efforts.
UNFICYP is made up of over 800 military personnel from about seven troop contributing countries. They arrived in Cyprus in March 1964 after inter-communal fighting broke out.
The mandate of the force is renewed every six months by the Security Council. UNFICYP’s mandate is to contribute to the restoration of normal conditions and entails the facilitation of an increasingly wide range of civilian activities.


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