Cyprus - The UNSC renews the mandate of UNFICYP (01/29/2015) [fr]
Cyprus- Explanation of vote by Mr. François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations - Security Council - 29 January 2015
France voted in favour of resolution 2197 (2015), prepared by the Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom, which renews the mandate of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP).
We believe that the role of UNFICYP is crucial. By preventing a resumption of fighting and by contributing to maintaining order and a return to normal life, the Force strengthens trust between the communities and contributes to the overall efforts of the United Nations to support negotiations between Cypriots. In particular, UNFICYP contributes to facilitating the good offices mission of the Special
Adviser aimed at reunification under a bicommunal and bi-zonal federation with political equality. It is therefore crucial that the mission’s mandate has been renewed.
Another essential aspect of the work of the Force is to support the humanitarian efforts of the Committee on Missing Persons on behalf of the victims’ families. As the resolution notes in its preambular section, 50 years after they disappeared, half of all the missing have yet to be located and more than 70 per cent have yet to be identified. Given those statistics and the advanced age of the parents of the disappeared, France is committed to seeing the Committee’s work move at a faster pace through closer cooperation and speedier approval of requests for access to all the areas concerned.
Following the positive momentum resulting from the signing, on 11 February 2014, of a joint statement by leaders of the two communities, it is regrettable that intercommunal negotiations have stalled. It is important that the negotiations resume in order to find a comprehensive solution as soon as possible, based on agreed principles. Along with the Secretary-General, France underscores the importance of a conducive environment to move the negotiations forward.
As the Force begins its fifty-first year of existence, I would like to reiterate France’s commitment to a resolution of the Cyprus issue. We commend the tireless efforts to that end by Ms. Lisa Buttenheim, Special Representative of the Secretary-General, and by Special Adviser Espen