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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-12-11

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    The United Nations Security Council`s draft resolution for the renewal of the mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) has been circulated in New York at the United Nations` headquarters.

    According to diplomatic sources, the draft resolution fills the gaps regarding the basis of the solution of the Cyprus problem, noted in the recent UN Secretary General`s report.

    The same sources said that the draft resolution supports a solution of the Cyprus problem based on a bizonal, bicommunal federation, according to the relevant UNSC resolutions.

    The final resolution is expected to be adopted Friday or Monday.

    The draft resolutions is as follows:

    ``The Security Council,

    Welcoming the report of the Secretary-General of 28 November 2008 (S/2008/744) on the United Nations operation in Cyprus,

    Noting that the Government of Cyprus is agreed that in view of the prevailing conditions on the island it is necessary to keep the United Nations Peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) beyond 15 December 2008,

    Echoing the Secretary-Generals firm belief that the responsibility for finding a solution lies first and foremost with the Cypriots themselves, stressing that there now exists an unprecedented opportunity to make decisive progress, and reaffirming 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,

    Welcoming the launch of fully fledged negotiations on 3 September 2008, the progress made so far, and the leaders joint statements,

    Emphasising the importance of all parties engaging fully, flexibly and constructively in those negotiations, in order to make decisive progress towards a comprehensive settlement based on a bicommunal, bizonal federation with political equality, as set out in the relevant Security Council resolutions,

    Encouraging continued momentum in negotiations and the maintenance of goodwill and trust, looking forward to substantive progress and the full exploitation of the current opportunity, commending the Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders for the political leadership they have shown so far, and welcoming the intention of the Secretary-General to keep the Council informed of further development and progress,

    Welcoming the announcement of confidence building measures and the cancellation of military exercises, and looking forward to the implementation of these measures and agreement on and implementation of further steps to build trust between the communities,

    Reaffirming the importance of continued crossings of the Green Line by Cypriots, reiterating its welcome for the opening of the Ledra Street crossing, encouraging the opening by mutual agreement of other crossing points, and noting in this context the commitment in the leaders joint statements to pursue the opening of the Liminitis/Yesilirmak crossing point,

    Convinced of the many important benefits for all Cypriots that would flow from a comprehensive and durable Cyprus settlement, and encouraging both sides clearly to explain these benefits, as well as the need for flexibility in order to secure them, to both communities well in advance of any eventual referenda,

    Highlighting the supportive role the international community will continue to play in helping the Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders to exploit fully the current opportunity,

    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, including restrictions on UNFICYPs movements, which could lead to an increase in tension, undermine the good progress achieved so far, or damage the goodwill on the island,

    Recalling 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 progress made in proceeding with demining activities, echoing the Secretarys Generals call for the remaining minefields to be cleared, and noting with concern that funding is urgently required by the Mine Action Centre beyond 2008 to allow this work to continue beyond that period,

    Welcoming the progress and continuation of the important activities of the Committee on Missing Persons, and trusting that this process will promote reconciliation between the communities,

    Agreeing that an active and flourishing civil society is essential to the political process, welcoming all efforts to promote bicommunal contacts and events including, inter alia, on the part of all United Nations bodies on the island, and 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,

    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 appointment of Alexander Downer as the Secretary-Generals Special Advisor with a mandate to assist the parties in the conduct of fully-fledged negotiations aimed at reaching a comprehensive settlement,

    Echoing also 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 of developments on the ground over the last six months in the Secretary-Generals report, in accordance with his mandate;

    2. Welcomes also the launch of fully fledged negotiations on 3 September 2008, and the prospect of a comprehensive and durable settlement that this has created;

    3. Urges full exploitation of this opportunity, including by intensifying the momentum of negotiations, preserving the current atmosphere of trust and goodwill, and engaging in the process in a constructive and open manner;

    4. Welcomes the announcement on confidence-building measures and the cancellation of military exercises, and looks forward to these measures being fully implemented as well as to agreement on further such steps, including the possible opening of other crossing points, as mentioned in the leaders joint statements;

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

    6. Expresses its full support for UNFICYP and decides to extend its mandate for a further period ending 15 June 2009;

    7. 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, and on the United Nations 1989 aide-memoire, with a view to reaching early agreement on outstanding issues;

    8. 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;

    9. Requests the Secretary-General to submit a report on implementation of this resolution by 1 June 2009 and to keep the Security Council updated on events as necessary;

    10. 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 pre-deployment awareness training, and to take disciplinary action and other action to ensure full accountability in cases of such conduct involving their personnel;

    11. Decides to remain seized of the matter``.


    UN Secretary-Generals Special Adviser for Cyprus, Alexander Downer, has said that the process, which began between the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus with the aim to reach a Cyprus solution, must maintain the appropriate momentum.

    Downer, who will attend Tuesdays meeting of the leaders of the two communities in the framework of the direct negotiations, expressed the view that a good and successful outcome can be achieved at the talks, noting that the solution of the Cyprus problem needs time.

    In statements on his arrival in Cyprus, Downer said that ``I have always said that it needs to be a momentum in the negotiations, so I hope that over the next couple of weeks between now and Christmas there will be good momentum bringing us to the Christmas break and into next year``. ``The important thing is that it (the process) maintains appropriate momentum``, he added.


    The government of Ireland has donated 50,000 euro to the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP).

    A CMP press release says that the Committee wishes to express its profound gratitude to the government of Ireland for its commitment and continued support following its third donation of 50,000 euro.

    It notes that this brings the Irish financial assistance to a total of 150,000 euro over the past two years. This renewed donation to the CMP project on the exhumation, identification and return of remains of missing persons in Cyprus ``will contribute to the Committees goal of identifying and returning as many remains of missing individuals as possible``, the press release adds.

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