Republic of Cyprus

The UN and the Cyprus Question

Relations with UNFICYP

Creation of the Force

The United Nations Peace-keeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) was established with the consent of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus on 27 March 1964. The creation of the Force was mandated by the Security Council of the United Nations in its resolution adopted on 4 March 1964 [186, (1964)] following the outbreak of the inter-communal conflict on the island and the threat of an imminent invasion by Turkey. By an exchange of letters dated 31 March 1964 between the Secretary General and the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Cyprus, an agreement was concluded concerning the status of the Force (Host Country Agreement).

The Force was initially stationed for three months, but later this was extended to six-month periods and renewed with the consent of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus. Since its establishment, the Force has carried out the functions of peacekeeping, which is an essential component to the peace-making effort, entrusted to the UN Secretary-General.


According to the mandate of the Force, which is laid down in Security Council resolution 186 (1964) and subsequent resolutions of the Council concerning Cyprus, UNFICYP’s main functions in the interest of preserving international peace and security, can be summarized as follows:

  • Preventing a recurrence of fighting - maintaining the cease fire. At the end of the 1974 Turkish invasion and the occupation of the northern 36.4% of the territory of the Republic of Cyprus, the mandate of the Force was adjusted to the new situation. The most significant change was the adoption of a new operational concept, that of the buffer zone, which was used to describe the area between the two cease-fire lines.
  • Contributing to the maintenance and restoration of law and order as necessary.
  • Contributing to a return to normal conditions.
  • Humanitarian functions (taking measures for the relief and welfare of the refugees and providing assistance to the enclaved persons in the occupied areas).


UNFICYP currently comprises 887 soldiers, 67 civilian police and 156 civilian personnel. The military personnel comes from Argentina (276), from Brazil (2), from Chile (14), from Paraguay (14), from Bangladesh (2), from Austria (4), from Canada (1), from Hungary (77), from Serbia (47), from Slovakia (169), from Ukraine (2) and from the United Kingdom (279).

Police are provided by Bosnia-Herzegovina (10), Bulgaria (1), China (7), India (4), Italy (2), Ireland (12), Lithuania (1), Romania (4), Russian Federation (5), Serbia (2), Slovakia (5), Montenegro (4) and Ukraine (10). Of the 156 civilian staff, 37 were recruited internationally and 119 locally. (Note: the information is accurate as at 15 December 2017).


For the financial period July 2017-June 2018, the General Assembly of the UN appropriated the amount of $57.4 million for UNFICYP (Resolution 71/300). The Government of Cyprus voluntarily contributes 1/3 of the cost of the Force (approx. $18.3 million). The amount of $6.5 is voluntarily contributed by the Government of Greece. The remaining amount is covered by assessed contributions of UN member-states.
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June, 2018

Last Modified at: 06/06/2018 10:30:19 AM

• Reports of the Secretary General of the U.N.
• Reports of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Operation in Cyprus
• Reports of the Secretary-General on his Mission of Good Offices in Cyprus