The Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Markos Kyprianou, invited by the press yesterday to comment on the issue that arose in view of the adoption of the resolution on the renewal of the mandate of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) stated the following:
“It is not proper to comment on the content of resolutions, which are still in the stage of consultations such as this particular one. Draft resolutions are always subject to consultation and processing. Our goal is to have objective and fair resolutions both from a legal and a political view.
UNFICYP has performed an important task in Cyprus both from the point of view of security as well as politics and still has a very important role to play until the Cyprus problem is resolved. We believe that there should be no alteration of the role or the size of the Force, as long as the Cyprus problem is still pending. We believe at the same time that, in the midst of the negotiations, no language should be used that may lead to misinterpretations or to question the presence of UNFICYP in Cyprus before a solution of the Cyprus problem. If the goal is to adjust the role of UNFICYP after the solution, which is reasonable because when the Cyprus problem is solved there will be different needs for the presence of UNFICYP, then there must be a clear reference in the resolution that will reflect this issue.
It is a fact that the United Nations will make an evaluation of all their peacekeeping missions for administrative and financial purposes, as well as to determine their effectiveness. We believe however that in Cyprus especially - in view of the current stage of negotiations and given that our side considers the presence of UNFICYP indispensable by contrast to Turkey whose Permanent Representative made recent representations for its role to be changed - UNFICYP must be addressed in a different way than the other peacekeeping missions. Regarding the financial side, let me remind you that the Republic of Cyprus pays more than 1/3 and covers with the Greek government more than half of the cost. If there is a financial dimension to the issue, Cyprus is ready to discuss it”.