NEW YORK - The UN Secretary General's report on the UN peace keeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) activities to be submitted to the Security Council by Thursday is expected to be of technical character rather than political.
These are the assurances given to Cypriot and Greek diplomats by officials of the UN Secretariat, in view of the stalemate in negotiations on the Cyprus problem and the pre-election period in Cyprus.
According to reliable information, with regard to the good offices mission the report will refer to the discontinuance of the talks since summer, due to the EU Cyprus Presidency and the pre-election period in Cyprus and to the continuance of the talks at the technical committees and the working groups.
It is deemed that the unanimous adoption in December of a resolution by the 5th Committee of the General Assembly which considers the presence of UNFICYP necessary in facilitating negotiations on the Cyprus problem has affected the climate positively.
UN-led direct negotiations began in September 2008, with a view to solve the problem of Cyprus, divided since the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974.