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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 07-12-14

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>


CONTENTS

  • [01] UN SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION CYPRUS
  • [02] UNFICYP RESOLUTION - GOVERNMENT REACTION
  • [03] 5th EURO-MEDITERRANEAN MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE ON ENERGY
  • [04] RUSSIAN COSMONAUTS CYPRUS

  • [01] UN SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION CYPRUS

    The UN Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 1789 (2007) renewing the mandate of the UN Peace-Keeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until 15 June 2008.

    The resolution includes positive wording which weakens significantly negative references in the UN Secretary-Generals report on Cyprus and creates a positive precedent.

    The Security Council expresses full support for the 8 July process, notes with deep concern the lack of any progress, and calls upon all parties immediately to engage constructively with the United Nations efforts, as described in Under-Secretary-General Gambaris letter of 15 November 2006 and to cease mutual recriminations.

    It also urges all parties to show flexibility and political will over the coming months to make measurable progress which will allow fully fledged negotiations to begin.

    The content of the resolution is as follows:

    The Security Council,

    Welcoming the analysis on developments on the ground over the last six months in the report of the Secretary-General of 3 December 2007 (S/2007/699) on the United Nations operation in Cyprus, in accordance with his mandate,

    Noting that the Government of Cyprus is agreed that in view of the prevailing conditions on the island it is necessary to keep UNFICYP beyond 15 December 2007,

    Echoing the Secretary-Generals firm belief that the responsibility of finding a solution lies first and foremost with the Cypriots themselves, that the upcoming year offers an important window of opportunity to make decisive progress, which must be grasped by all parties, in the search for a comprehensive solution, and noting the primary role of the United Nations in assisting the parties to bring the Cyprus conflict and division of the island to a comprehensive and durable settlement,

    Taking note of the assessment of the Secretary-General that the security situation on the island and along the Green Line remains generally stable, welcoming the decrease in the overall number of incidents involving the two sides, and urging both sides to avoid any action which could lead to an increase in tension,

    Underlining that activity in the buffer zone, in particular proposals for large-scale commercial projects, which are not compatible with returning to normal conditions as expressed in the UNFICYP mandate and should not be at the expense of stability and security; reiterating the Secretary-Generals firm belief that the situation in the buffer zone would be improved if both sides accepted the 1989 aide-memoire used by the United Nations,

    Welcoming the principles and decisions enshrined in the 8 July 2006 Agreement, stressing that a comprehensive settlement based on a bicommunal, bizonal federation and political equality, as set out in the relevant Security Council resolutions, is both desirable and possible and should not be further delayed,

    Deploring the continued failure to date to implement the 8 July 2006 Agreement, and urging the leaders of both communities to act to start the process without delay in order to prepare the ground for fully-fledged negotiations leading to a comprehensive and durable settlement,

    Welcoming the agreement to allow European Union funds to support demining activities; urging the rapid finalisation of the protocol between the relevant parties governing the remaining demining activities in order to complete demining of the buffer zone, Welcoming the progress and continuation of the important activities of the Committee on Missing Persons; expressing the hope that this process will promote reconciliation between the communities,

    Welcoming the proposed confidence building measures advanced by both sides, as a means of creating greater trust between the two communities and encouraging their early implementation; encouraging also progress on measures such as the opening of additional crossing points including, but not limited to, at Ledra Street, taking into account the arrangements already in place at existing crossing points, and reaffirming the importance of continued crossing of the Green Line by Cypriots,

    Welcoming all efforts to promote bicommunal contacts and events, including, inter alia, on the part of all United Nations bodies on the island, urging the two sides to promote the active engagement of civil society and the encouragement of cooperation between economic and commercial bodies and to remove all obstacles to such contacts,

    Agreeing that an active and flourishing civil society is essential to the political process and expressing concern, in this respect, that opportunities for constructive public debate about the future of the island, within and between the communities, are becoming fewer, and that this atmosphere is hampering, in particular, efforts to foster bicommunal activities intended to benefit all Cypriots, and to promote reconciliation and build trust in order to facilitate a comprehensive settlement,

    Reaffirming the importance of the Secretary-General continuing to keep the operations of UNFICYP under close review while continuing to take into account developments on the ground and the views of the parties, and reverting to the Council with recommendations as appropriate for further adjustments to UNFICYPs mandate, force levels and concept of operation as soon as warranted,

    Welcoming the steps taken by the Republic of Cyprus to address the living conditions of many UNFICYP troops,

    Echoing the Secretary-Generals gratitude to the Government of Cyprus and the Government of Greece for their voluntary contributions to the funding of UNFICYP, and his request for further voluntary contributions from other countries and organizations,

    Welcoming and encouraging efforts by the United Nations to sensitize peacekeeping personnel in the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases in all its peacekeeping operations,

    1. Welcomes the analysis on developments on the ground over the last six months in the Secretary-Generals report, in accordance with his mandate;

    2. Reaffirms that the status quo is unacceptable, that time is not on the side of a settlement, and that negotiations to reunify the island have been at an impasse for too long;

    3. Expresses full support for the 8 July process, notes with deep concern the lack of any progress, and calls upon all parties immediately to engage constructively with the United Nations efforts, as described in Under-Secretary-General Gambaris letter of 15 November 2006 and to cease mutual recriminations; Urges all parties to show flexibility and political will over the coming months to make measurable progress which will allow fully fledged negotiations to begin,

    4 Reaffirms all its relevant resolutions on Cyprus, in particular resolution 1251 (1999) of 29 June 1999 and subsequent resolutions;

    5. Expresses its full support for UNFICYP and decides to extend its mandate for a further period ending 15 June 2008;

    6. Calls on both sides to continue to engage, as a matter of urgency and while respecting UNFICYPs mandate, in consultations with UNFICYP on the demarcation of the buffer zone, in particular in relation to the Ledra Street crossing point, and on the United Nations 1989 aide-memoire, with a view to reaching early agreement on outstanding issues;

    7. Calls on the Turkish Cypriot side and Turkish forces to restore in Strovilia the military status quo which existed there prior to 30 June 2000;

    8. Requests the Secretary-General to submit a report on implementation of this resolution by 1 June 2008;

    9. Welcomes the efforts being undertaken by UNFICYP to implement the Secretary-Generals zero tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse and to ensure full compliance of its personnel with the United Nations code of conduct, requests the Secretary-General to continue to take all necessary action in this regard and to keep the Security Council informed, and urges troop-contributing countries to take appropriate preventive action including the conduct of predeployment awareness training, and to take disciplinary action and other action to ensure full accountability in cases of such conduct involving their personnel;

    10. Decides to remain seized of the matter.

    [02] UNFICYP RESOLUTION - GOVERNMENT REACTION

    The Cyprus government has expressed its satisfaction over the resolution adopted by the UN Security Council extending UNFICYPs mandate for a further period ending 15 June 2008.

    In a written statement, Government Spokesman Vassilis Palmas noted a number of positive points and references included in the resolution, as a result, as he said, of the tireless efforts by President Papadopoulos and the Government of the Republic of Cyprus for a functional and viable settlement of the Cyprus problem.

    The Government of the Republic of Cyprus expresses its satisfaction with the resolution which fully supports the 8 July Agreement and the Gambari process, as expressed in its letter to the leaders of the two communities on November 15, 2006, Palmas said.

    [03] 5th EURO-MEDITERRANEAN MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE ON ENERGY

    The hosting of the 5th Euro-Mediterranean Ministerial Conference on Energy by the Republic of Cyprus is the most important event undertaken by small Cyprus since its accession to the EU, said here Friday Commerce, Industry and Tourism Minister Antonis Michaelides.

    Speaking during a press conference on the occasion of the conference which will take place from 16-17 December in Limassol, Michaelides said that energy is perhaps the most important issue which the EU deals with currently.

    During this meeting, the Ministers of the EU Member States and their counterparts from the Mediterranean partner countries will endorse a comprehensive Priority Action Plan for the Euro-Mediterranean energy cooperation, running from 2008 to 2013, according to Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs.

    [04] RUSSIAN COSMONAUTS CYPRUS

    Russian cosmonauts Alexander Volkov and Alenxander Martynov are visiting Cyprus where they will give a lecture on Monday December 17 concerning their experiences during their space missions.

    They are in Cyprus in the framework of the events under the title 50 years Sputnik- 50 years in space and on the sidelines of their lecture at Nicosia Municipal Theatre they will be honoured by Nicosia Municipality for their services to humanity and their presence in Cyprus.

    Nicosia Mayor Eleni Mavrou told a press conference that all who will attend the lecture will have the chance to listen from the two cosmonauts about a world which is magical for most of us.


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