SECURITY COUNCIL EXTENDS FORCE UNTIL 15 DECEMBER, UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTING RESOLUTION 1486 (2003)
12 June, 2003
The Security Council this morning extended the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until 15 December, noting the Government of
Through the unanimous adoption of resolution 1486 (2003), the Council endorsed the increase of UNFICYP’s civilian police component by no more than 34 officers, in order to met the increased workload resulting from the welcome partial easing of restrictions on island-wide freedom of movement. The Council noted the limited steps taken by the Turkish Cypriot side to ease some of the restrictions imposed on 30 June 2000 on the operation of the Force, but urged the Turkish Cypriot side and the Turkish forces to rescind all remaining restrictions.
At the same time, the Council expressed concern at the recent, further
violations by the Turkish Cypriot side and Turkish forces at Strovilia and urged
them to restore the military status quo that existed there prior to
Prior to action on the text, Security Council President Sergey Lavrov (
The Force on
The meeting began at and adjourned at
The full text of resolution 1486 (2003) reads, as follows:
“The Security Council,
“Welcoming the report of the Secretary-General of 27 May 2003 (S/2003/572) on the United Nations operation in Cyprus, and in particular the call to the parties to assess and address the humanitarian issue of missing persons with due urgency and seriousness,
“Noting that the Government of
Cyprus has agreed that in view of the prevailing conditions in the island it is
necessary to keep the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP)
“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.Reaffirms all its relevant
“2.Decides to extend the
mandate of UNFICYP for a further period ending
“3. Endorses the increase of the UNFICYP civilian police component by no more than 34 officers in order to meet the increased workload resulting from the welcome partial easing of restrictions on island-wide freedom of movement, which has been met by goodwill from Greek and Turkish Cypriots;
“4. Notes the limited steps taken by the Turkish Cypriot side to ease some of the restrictions imposed on 30 June 2000 on the operation of UNFICYP, but urges the Turkish Cypriot side and the Turkish forces to rescind all remaining restrictions on UNFICYP;
concern at the recent, further violations by the Turkish Cypriot side and
Turkish forces at Strovilia and urges them to restore the military status
quo which existed there prior to
the Secretary-General to submit a report by
“7. Decides to remain seized of the matter.”
When the Security Council met, it had
before it the report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations operation
augmentation of the civilian police component (UNCIVPOL) is necessary, according
to the Secretary-General, because as of 23 April several crossing points were
opened by the Turkish Cypriot authorities for visits in both directions,
resulting in an average number of crossings per day of approximately 13,000
people. Ensuring safe and orderly passage within the buffer zone is
essentially the task of UNCIVPOL. In addition to the considerably
increased functions of UNCIVPOL and the military in the buffer zone, there has
also been a significant increase in the number of incidents requiring
UNFICYP’s involvement outside the buffer zone since the crossings began.
Opening of additional crossing points would create new demands on UNFICYP, for
which it does not have sufficient resources.
report notes that on 30 April a set of governmental measures was announced,
including free movement of Turkish Cypriots and their goods and vehicles
throughout the island; employment opportunities for Turkish Cypriots in the
south; issuance of identity cards, travel documents, birth certificates and
other official documents; and establishment of an office for Turkish Cypriot
9 May, a set of Turkish Cypriot measures was announced, including offering
scholarships for Greek Cypriot students to study at the tertiary educational
institutions in the north and a proposal for improved telephone communications
facilities and normalization of trade with the south. There have been no
official responses on these separate sets of measures.
recent developments are not a substitute for a comprehensive settlement, the
Secretary-General states. It seems highly unlikely that such a settlement
can be achieved without the genuine political commitment to the proposal he has
put forward and a firm timetable to finalize negotiations, as outlined in his
recent report (document S/2003/398) on his mission of good offices.
14 April, the Council unanimously adopted resolution 1475 (2003) in which it
expressed regret that, due to the “negative approach” of the Turkish Cypriot
leader, it had not been possible to put the Secretary-General’s settlement
plan to simultaneous referenda by Turkish and Greek Cypriots and, as a result,
there would be no comprehensive agreement on reunification of the island before
16 April -– the date of signing of Cyprus’ accession treaty to the European
Union (see Press Release SC/7727).
In his report, the Secretary-General, while welcoming the limited easing of restrictions by the Turkish Cypriot authorities on UNFICYP’s movements imposed in July 2000 (see S/2000/1138), urges that UNFICYP be provided unhindered access and full freedom of movement throughout its entire area of responsibility.
The report states that during the past six months, the situation along the ceasefire lines has remained calm, and that air violations of the United Nations buffer zone decreased from 37 during the last reporting period to nine.
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