On Thursday (15 December) the United Nations Security Council approved another renewal of the mandate to keep United Nation's peacekeeping forces on the island of Cyprus in the Mediterranean.
MV General Assembly UN-Secretary General Kurt Waldheim speaking.
UK Representative Ivor Richard speaking.
Cypriot representative Zenon Rossides.
WALDHEIM: "Mr. President, the Security Council yesterday adopted resolution 422 which extends the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Cyprus for another six months and requests me to continue my mission of good offices. I shall of course use my best efforts to carry out the provisions of this resolution and to keep the members of the council informed. I am confident that thanks in good part to the efforts of Unficyp, and with the continued cooperation of the parties, the ceasefire will be maintained in Cyprus and the situation will continue to be quiet."
RICHARD: "I wish to emphasise my Government's serious concern about the critical financial situation of Unficyp. In spite of repeated appeals by the Secretary General for additional funds there's been virtually no real improvement in the situation. The deficit has now reached 56.7 million dollars. We've already seen one result of this situation in the decision taken by the Secretary General a few months ago not to replace the Finnish battalion in Unficyp. The Secretary General has warned in his current report that any further deterioration in the financial situation may jeopardise the continued functioning of the force. As one of the two troop contributing members on this council I would also like to support what the Secretary has said about some of the difficulties faced by the troop contributing Governments as a result of the financial burdens placed on them and to recall the concern which we've already expressed with the disproportionate burden which is born by relatively few countries."
ROSSIDES: "Who is against negotiations. No one. Who says that the people of Cyprus if left alone could not negotiate sincerely and come to a solution. No one. But we say there must be freedom of negotiation. Not under the heel of the invader. The heel of the invader who is there not merely for acquiring territory but to divide and partition the island."
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Background: On Thursday (15 December) the United Nations Security Council approved another renewal of the mandate to keep United Nation's peacekeeping forces on the island of Cyprus in the Mediterranean. Economics have forced the United Nations to limit the number of troops on the island. The Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Kurt Waldheim welcomed Britain's announcement that it planned no reduction in its own contingent. Mr. Waldheim spoke in the United Nations on the extension, followed by Britain's representative, Mr. Ivor Richard and the Cyprus representative, Mr Zenon Rossides.