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Background: The peace-keeping mandate of the 3,500-strong U.N. peace-keeping force in Cyprus has been renewed until June 1972 by a Security Council vote this month. The mandate was due to expire in a few days time.
United Nations troops have been in Cyprus since March 1964, when they were dispatched following bitter clashes between Greek and Turkish Cypriots.
The two communities still live mainly separate lives, but the U.N. 's peacekeeping activities have been increasingly successful. There have been no serious incidents of violence in the last two years.
SYNOPSIS: The peacekeeping mandate of the United Nations force in Cyprus was due to expire in a few days time, but was reneged until June 1972 by a vote of the Security council earlier this month.
There are now 3,500 U.N. troops and civilians on the island, and the force is in its eighth year of maintaining peace between the Turkish and Greek communities.
The unarmed U.N. Police until, whose members work like village constables, have been particularly successful. They can mingle freely in either Greek or Cypriot communities, and the people often call then in to help work out an inter-communal dispute. A Cyprus Government decision in 1968 to allow Turkish Cypriots freedom of movement throughout the island gave the police a chance to establish stations all over the island. They gained closer contact with the people, and dealt with an increasing number of cases concerning land, property, and farm animals.
The civilian police are of course backed up by the main peace-keeping force of U.N. troops, who have also learned over the years to live easily among the local population. U. N. authorities believe that it is this combination of police methods and the presence of troops to keep order in time of real trouble that has given the peace-keeping force its success. In the past two years there have been no serious incidents.
The U.N. also believes its multi-national force has done something to bring the two sides to talk to one another. Inter-communal talks have been going on for more than three years, and there have been suggestions that the U.N. special representative in Cyprus should start taking part in the talks, backed by the U.N. force's experience of the local communities.