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UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UN-Geführt)
Report of the Secretary-General on UNFICYP (09.07.2014)
For the first time, a woman will command a UN peacekeeping force, after Norway's Major General Kristin Lund was appointed to lead troops in Cyprus. … She will replace China's Major General Chao Liu on 13 August.
Greek- and Turkish-Cypriot leaders vowed to seek an end to the island's four-decade division "as soon as possible," relaunching peace talks Tuesday after nearly a two-year hiatus.
A little something new: Cyprus talks begin (11.02.2014)
What’s new in these talks? The talks’ goal, a bizonal, bicommunal federation for Cyprus, is not new; the UN-facilitated parameters are much the same; and many of those involved in the talks are veteran negotiators. … There are, however, three new aspects that have excited some diplomatic hopes.
Cyprus said on Wednesday it was close to reviving stalled peace talks between the island's Greek and Turkish communities who have been locked in a festering, decades-old conflict that is harming Turkey's hopes of joining the EU.
Unanimously adopting a new resolution, the Council urged the two sides to implement confidence-building measures, saying it looked forward to agreement on and implementation of further steps, including military confidence-building measures and the opening of other crossing points on the Green Line.
The United Nations in Cyprus today refuted media reports that allege Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser for Cyprus Alexander Downer interfered in the involvement of the European Commission in the peace process. … The allegations in local Cypriot media appear to centre around a...