Cyprus problem on the agenda of UNSC January program

Cyprus problem on the agenda of UNSC January program

The Cyprus problem will be among the issues to be addressed by the UN Security Council during the current month.

The UNSC approved on Tuesday its monthly programme. Permanent Representative of Sweden to the United Nations, Ambassador Olof Skoog, announced the programme since his country is presiding over the UNSC in January.

Referring to the Cyprus talks, Skoog told reporters that if diplomacy is allowed to yield results, then there could be a political solution to the Cyprus problem. If this happens, we must see how the UN will support such an agreement, he said.

Based on the programme of the Swedish presidency, the UN Secretary General's report on the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) will be submitted to the Council on Friday, 6 of January. A resolution on the renewal of UNFICYP's mandate is expected to be adopted on the 26th of January.

Meanwhile, on the 20 of January a meeting will take place between the UNSC and the countries contributing with personnel in UNFICYP.

The briefing of the UNSC by UNSG's Special Advisor on Cyprus Espen Barth Eide on the UNSG's good offices mission will take place on the 23rd of January.

The Republic of Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third. President of Cyprus Nikos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci have been engaged in UN-backed talks since May 2015 with a view to reunify the island under a federal roof.

Anastasiades and Akinci have decided that the UN-sponsored talks will continue in Geneva, Switzerland. Between January 9-11 the two sides will discuss the remaining issues of the Cyprus problem and present maps concerning territorial adjustments, while on January 12 a conference on Cyprus will be convened with the participation of the guarantor powers as well as other relevant parties as needed.