The United Nations Security Council on Friday (15 June), voted in favour of retaining the U.
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"The precise form of constitutional structure for Cyprus, being still the subject of negotiation in the local talks cannot, at present, be fully discussed in this house. The negotiations however, are conducted upon the basis, as I have already stated, that the constitutional part of this provides for a unitary state. Effective cooperation with the United Nations forces in Cyprus, in its efforts towards military disengagement and normalisation that has been so long delayed. This is the best way to enhance the common endeavour in the talks, by bringing in a new spirit in the talks towards overcoming differences and difficulties in a more positive, more accommodating and co-operative approach, and in keeping with the moral demands of our present-day inter-dependent world."
"We shall continue to work for changing Cyprus from an island of inter-communal strife into a modern bi-communal state where, as originally conceived, and created, both of the communities will live as masters' of their homelands, neither one dominating the other, and as equal partners in the independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of their Island."
"It's outstanding services to peace have by far exceeded the frame of the island alone, and even in our opinion a violent proof of the value of the UN peacekeeping operation. I cannot however, in this respect, help from expressing our disappointment, that so few members of the Security Council should have been contributing to financing the UN operation in Cyprus, all the more so that (sound unclear) has outlived its usefulness."
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Background: 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: