On Monday, the UN Security Council held discussions regarding the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) under the chairmanship of the Permanent Representative of Brazil, Ambassador Ronaldo Costa Filho.
During the discussions which lasted approximately two hours, members of the Security Council were briefed by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Cyprus and Head of UNFICYP, Colin Stewart, on the situation and recent developments in Cyprus, ahead of the vote to renew the mandate of the Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus for another 6 months.
...there is an economic imbalance between the two sides while recommending economic, social and cultural cooperation from both communities to resolve the problems and reestablish a climate of trust.
During the presentation of the two reports, Colin Stewart said that the political process is disappointing because there is no development, nor are there any prospects on the horizon.
This is due, as was said, to the electoral procedures ahead of the elections in Cyprus and Turkey in 2023.
Referring to the general climate between the two sides, he emphasized that there is no trust between them. He also pointed out that there is an economic imbalance between the two sides while recommending economic, social and cultural cooperation from both communities to resolve the problems and reestablish a climate of trust.
As for Varosha, talks have reportedly been subdued as there has been no reversal of what has been done so far. Stewart added that small-scale projects and infrastructure had since been seen.
With regards to the Buffer Zone, emphasis was placed on the issue of immigration and the fence that the Republic of Cyprus is building. Regarding the military situation, it was emphasized that the two sides must agree and start a dialogue at a military level.
UNFICYP's mandate expires on 31 July 2022, and the Security Council is expected to renew its mandate for another six months in an open session on 28 July 2022.