The United Nations Security Council on Friday (15 June), voted in favour of retaining the U.
The United Nations Security Council on Friday (15 June), voted in favour of retaining the U.N. Emergency Force in Cyprus for a further six-month period, until December 15th. Fourteen members voted for the resolution and the People's Republic of China abstained.
The force has been on duty in the Mediterranean Island since March 1954, when it was sent after an outbreak of violent communal strife between Turkish and Greek Cypriots.
In his latest report on the situation the UN Secretary-General recommended another six-month extension of the mandate for the emergency force. He said that the Governments of Cyprus, Greece and Turkey were in favour of the retention.
Addressing the Council, the Cypriot delegate Mr. Zenon Rossides spoke about the role of the U.N. in the present political climate in Cyprus. He said:
The Turkish delegate Mr. Oley also spoke about hopes for peace on the Island. He said:
The Greek delegate Mr. Condtantine Panayotacos expressed concern about the financial situation of the emergency force. He said: