The Cabinet has approved the establishment of a support base for a UN – Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons mission as well as the provision of facilities for the mission’s safety and operations on the island, Government Spokesman Christos Stylianides announced Friday.
In a written statement, Stylianides notes that the UN decision to establish a support base of the mission in Cyprus shows not only the upgraded and stabilising role of the country in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East but also enhances the Republic’s status on an international level.
The Security Council formally approved a first-ever joint United Nations mission with the Nobel Peace Prize-winning global chemical weapons watchdog OPCW to oversee the destruction of Syria’s stockpiles and production facilities in resolution 2118.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appointed the Dutch envoy Sigrid Kaag, a veteran of the UN Development Programme, to serve as the envoy of the joint mission.
In a letter to the Security Council he recommended the establishment of a joint mission of the UN and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons for the destruction of the chemical weapons in Syria within an period of time.
The mission will be based in Cyprus.