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UN brings Cyprus leaders together, mulling future talks on divided island

The leaders of the divided island of Cyprus have met in the capital Nicosia, in an  encounter convened by the United Nations, the Secretary-General’s Good Offices Mission in Cyprus said on Tuesday.

News in Brief 4 November 2020

  • Libya’s warring parties meet to discuss practical measures for ceasefire 
  • UN brings Cyprus leaders together, mull future talks on divided island 
  • UN chief urges inclusive dialogue in Ethiopia amid ethnic attacks 
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Cyprus committed to resuming peace talks

President Nicos Anastasiades of Cyprus stands ready to resume talks on the reunification of the island nation, the UN General Assembly heard on Thursday. 

Policing a 50-year rift: the UN Mission in Cyprus

The United Nations has been involved in the divided island of Cyprus for more than half a century.

Conor Lennon asked Elizabeth Spehar, head of the UN Mission in Cyprus, to explain why the UN is still needed on the island.

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As ‘the last European divided country’, Cyprus President tells Assembly UN is ‘the only way forward’

The past 45 years of “unacceptable status quo” has prevented lasting peace and stability in Cyprus, President Nicos Anastasiades told the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday.

Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders ready for talks with UN chief on improved relations

Leaders of the Greek and Turkish parts of the divided island of Cyprus have agreed to meet with the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, in order to “plan the way forward”, and improve the daily lives of all Cypriots, a statement from the UN Mission in Cyprus, declared on Friday.

Security Council unanimously agrees to extend UN Cyprus Mission amid political impasse

The United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) has been extended for 6 months, as a result of a Security Council Resolution unanimously adopted on Wednesday. The move comes at a time when reunification talks between the two divided halves of the island are at an impasse, following the collapse of talks in July 2017.

Cyprus President urges collective leadership to address ‘root causes’ of world’s crises

“Blatant violations of international law” were foremost on the mind of Nicos Anastasiades, President of Cyprus, as he brought the issue to the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, urging States to readjust their policies in “hope for a better future.”

Security Council extends UN mission in Cyprus mandate by six months as ‘challenges on the ground’ persist

On Thursday, the UN Security Council extended the mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) by six months.  Elizabeth Spehar, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Cyprus and Head of UNFICYP – told UN News why UNFICYP is still needed today.

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Effective peacekeeping “virtually impossible” without women troops: UN Force Commander

It is “virtually impossible” to fully serve and protect civilians who rely on UN peacekeeping missions around the world without the participation of women within the ranks.

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