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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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.

Judge me on my abilities, not my gender: Cyprus mission Force Commander on being part of first all-female leadership team

The UN’s peacekeeping mission in Cyprus is the first to be led solely by women

Force Commander Major-General Pearce, of Australia, told May Yaccoub, from UN News, that the idea of ‘breaking a glass ceiling” is not something that she thinks about very often.

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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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UN Gender Focus: breastfeeding, human trafficking and peacekeeping

50% of children born each year “not being put to the breast soon enough”

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UN Gender Focus: poverty eradication, female peacekeepers and drug abuse by women

“Virtuous” not “vicious” cycle needed to tackle poverty, gender equality

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Female peacekeepers gain trust, valuable intelligence from local women

Female peacekeepers deployed by the United Nations are able to gain valuable intelligence after winning the trust of local women in countries like Afghanistan.

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Uruguayan named to lead UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced today that Major-General Herbert Joaquin Figoli Almandos of Uruguay has been appointed Force Commander of the UN peacekeeping mission in Cyprus (UNFICYP).

Security Council renews UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus through mid-December

Acting on the recommendation of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the Security Council today extended the mandate of United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until 15 December.