NEW YORK - The Security Council has postponed the adoption of a resolution for the renewal of the mandate of the peacekeeping force in Cyprus, UNFICYP.
The session of the Security Council was set for Tuesday morning, at 10 o’clock local time, according to the official schedule, however the issue was not included in the daily programme, issued late on Monday.
No official explanation was provided. Diplomatic sources say however that there is a general delay in the Security Council, due to which unofficial consultations on Cyprus started only yesterday.
There are no major objections to the text of the resolution, Cypriot sources said however that there is an effort to improve further the fourth paragraph of the preamble.
UNFICYP mandate ends on January 31.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third.
The United Nations Peace Keeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), comprising military and civilian personnel from various contributing countries, arrived in Cyprus in March 1964, after intercommunal fighting broke out. The mandate of the force is renewed every six months by the Security Council.