A group of UN representatives, led by an external expert, will arrive in Cyprus in early November to monitor the peacekeeping operations of UN peacekeeping operations on the island. The exact date of the visit will be announced in the near future.
According to sources, the verification will take up to ten days. Experts will analyze military and police operations and report the results to the UN Secretary-General and the Security Council by the end of November.
The report emphasizes that this check is in no way connected with the failure of the Cyprus talks in Crans-Montana in July 2017 and does not directly affect the UN Goodwill Mission.
"The purpose of the audit is to analyze whether the activities of peacekeepers are consistent with the tasks set," sources said, noting that all peacekeeping operations are checked on a regular basis. The last review of UNFICYP was held in 2005.
In July, the Security Council, in its resolution renewing the mandate of the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus for another six months - until 31 January 2018, called for a review of the mission within four months of the adoption of the resolution.
The mission of UNFICYP has been reduced to a minimum over the years of its existence. To date, the number of peacekeepers is 1 102 person (including military and civilian personnel), who guard the "green line" along the buffer zone length of 180 km.
The approved budget of the forces is 55,56 million dollars. A third of this amount is paid by the Republic of Cyprus. Another 6,5 million dollars is allocated by the Greek government. The rest is covered from assessed contributions of UN member states.