The UN Security Council has approved unanimously Resolution S/RES/2234(2015) on 29 July 2015, renewing the mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until 31 January 2016.

The Resolution welcomes the resumption of the negotiation process as well as the progress achieved so far and the ongoing efforts of the Leaders to reach a comprehensive settlement in Cyprus. Moreover, the encouragement of both sides by the Security Council to grasp the current opportunity with determination will have a positive repercussion on the negotiations. In this connection, it is important to remind that the Turkish Cypriot side retains its strong commitment towards reaching a mutually acceptable agreement within the framework of the Good Offices Mission of the UN Secretary-General, and on the basis of the convergences reached between the two sides and the Joint Declaration of 11 February 2014.

The Security Council Resolution urges the implementation of confidence building measures. As the Turkish Cypriot side, we attach utmost importance to taking steps which will improve the daily lives of the two communities living on the Island, bring them closer together, and pave the way for cooperation between the two sides in parallel to the current negotiation process. We strongly believe that confidence building measures will significantly contribute to reaching, as well as implementation of a final settlement on the Island.

The current Resolution, as a matter of common practice, welcomes the most recent Report of the UN Secretary-General on UNFICYP (S/2015/517). Our concerns pertaining to the mention of the isolation imposed on the Turkish Cypriots in the “Observations” section of the Report rather than the main body have been put on record before UN officials. This approach implies that the restrictions which directly and negatively affect the Turkish Cypriots in all fields of life are being overlooked. Moreover, reservations of the Turkish Cypriot side regarding the extension of the mandate of UNFICYP have been transmitted to New York.