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26 May, 2019
 
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UNFICYP report: Both sides demonstrated incomplete cooperation with the mission

Report on UNFICYP circulated as official document with minor changes

Yiannis Kafkarides

Yiannis Kafkarides

The report of the UN Secretary General on the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) circulated on Wednesday, according to CNA, as an official UN document with a few minor changes from the draft given unofficially to the members of the Security Council on January 11.

In paragraph 3 of the report, all four references to Jane Hall Lute have been replaced by “senior United Nations official.” In the same paragraph, which refers to the report on the good offices mission, of October 15, the “prospects for a comprehensive settlement between the two communities on the island” are described as “positive.” Furthermore, in paragraph 3, the report of the Secretary General changes the expression used for starting meaningful negotiations “within a foreseeable horizon” to “within a foreseeable future.”

At the end of paragraph 8, CNA writes, which refers to the cooperation of the two sides with UNFICYP, the whole phrase has been changed. “Cooperation by either side with the mission in relation to the preservation of calm and stability in and around the buffer zone and the facilitation of inter-communal contacts was uneven,” the draft said. The new wording is, “Both sides demonstrated incomplete cooperation with the mission, with regard to the preservation of calm and stability in and around the buffer zone and the facilitation of intercommunal contact.”

Both sides demonstrated incomplete cooperation with the mission with regard to the preservation of calm and stability in and around the buffer zone and the facilitation of intercommunal contact

Last week the Cyprus News Agency published an unofficial draft of the report including the following statement which was circulated on social media, that offers a different explanation of events that took place in Deneia last November. The extract effectively refutes Cyprus government and media version of events

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UNFICYP  |  Cyprus  |  UN  |  UNSG  |  Report  |  Lute  |  Cooperation  |  Peace

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