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Archives for July 2012

ECOSOC General Segment on Advancement of women

Statement on behalf of the European Union and its Member States by Mr. Stelios Makriyiannis, First Secretary of the Permanent Mission of Cyprus to the United Nations, at the ECOSOC General Segment on “Social and Human Rights Questions” focusing on “Advancement of women,” July 27, 2012

Mr President,

I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union and its Member States. The Acceding Country Croatia[1], the Candidate Countries the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, Montenegro*, Iceland[2] and Serbia, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia, align themselves with this declaration.  [Read more…]

Cyprus becomes the 25th UN Member-State to sign the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communication procedure, 27 July, 2012

The Republic of Cyprus became on Friday the 25th country to sign the UN Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communication procedure.  H.E. Ambassador Nicholas Emiliou, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Cyprus to the United Nations, signed the Protocol on behalf of the Government of Cyprus at a special ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York. [Read more…]

ECOSOC General Segment on Social Development

Statement on behalf of the European Union and its Member States by Mr. Stelios Makriyiannis, First Secretary of the Permanent Mission of Cyprus to the United Nations, at the ECOSOC General Segment on “Social and Human Rights Questions” focusing on “Social Development,” July 26, 2012

I have the honour to speak on behalf of the EU and its MemberStates.

The Acceding Country Croatia[1], the Candidate Countries the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, Montenegro* and Serbia, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova, align themselves with this declaration.  [Read more…]

Statement on behalf of the EU by Mrs. Maria Zoupaniotis, Counsellor of Cyprus Mission to the UN, on Population and Tax matters at General Segment of ECOSOC

Item 13: Economic and environmental questions

Wednesday, 25 July, afternoon

I have the honour to speak on behalf of the EU and its Member States. The Acceding country Croatia*, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, Montenegro*, Iceland** and Serbia*, the countries of the Stabilization and Association Process and potential candidate Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia, align themselves with this statement.

Allow me to make a couple points on the sub-items population and development and international cooperation in tax matters. [Read more…]

ECOSOC General Debate – “Non Governmental Organizations”

Statement on behalf of the EU by Ms. Christina Rafti, Deputy Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the UN at the general debate of ECOSOC, Item 12: “Non Governmental Organizations,” July 23, 2012

Mr President,

 I have the honour to intervene on behalf of the European Union.

The Acceding Country Croatia[*], the Candidate Countries the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, Montenegro*, Iceland[†] and Serbia, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and [Read more…]

S/RES/2058 (2012)

United Nations

S/RES/2058 (2012)

Security Council Distr.: General

19 July 2012

 


Resolution 2058 (2012)

Adopted by the Security Council at its 6809th meeting, on 19 July 2012

The Security Council,

           Welcoming the report of the Secretary-General of 29 June 2012 (S/2012/507) on the United Nations operation inCyprus,

Noting that the Government of Cyprus is agreed that in view of the prevailing conditions on the island it is necessary to keep the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) beyond 19 July 2012,

Echoing the Secretary-General’s firm belief that the responsibility for finding a solution lies first and foremost with the Cypriots themselves, and reaffirming the primary role of the United Nations in assisting the parties to bring the Cyprus conflict and division of the island to a comprehensive and durable settlement,

Welcoming the progress made so far in the fully fledged negotiations, and the leaders’ joint statements including those of 23 May and 1 July 2008,

Recalling the importance attached by the international community to all parties engaging fully, flexibly and constructively in the negotiations, and noting that the move towards a more intensive phase of negotiations has not yet resulted in an enduring, comprehensive and just settlement based on a bicommunal, bizonal federation with political equality, as set out in the relevant Security Council resolutions, encouraging the sides to proceed with the substantive negotiations on the core issues, and stressing that the status quo is unsustainable,

Welcoming the efforts of the Secretary-General to stimulate progress during his meeting with the two leaders on 31 October 2011 and 23 January 2012, and expressing continued support for his efforts,

Noting the need to advance the consideration of and discussions on military confidence building measures, calling for renewed efforts to implement all remaining confidence building measures, and for agreement on and implementation of further steps to build trust between the communities,

Reaffirming the importance of continued crossings of the Green Line by Cypriots, and encouraging the opening by mutual agreement of other crossing points,

Convinced of the many important benefits, including economic benefits, for all Cypriots that would flow from a comprehensive and durable Cyprus settlement, urging the two sides and their leaders to foster positive public rhetoric, and encouraging them clearly to explain the benefits of the settlement, as well as the need for increased flexibility and compromise in order to secure it, to both communities well in advance of any eventual referenda,

Considering that undermining the United Nations credibility undermines the peace process itself,

Highlighting the importance of the supporting role of the international community, and in particular that of the parties concerned in taking practical steps towards helping the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders to exploit fully the current opportunity,

Taking note of the assessment of the Secretary-General that the security situation on the island and along the Green Line remains stable, and urging all sides to avoid any action which could lead to an increase in tension, undermine the progress achieved so far, or damage the goodwill on the island,

Recalling the Secretary-General’s firm belief that the situation in the buffer zone would be improved if both sides accepted the 1989 aide-memoire used by the United Nations,

Noting with regret that the sides are withholding access to the remaining minefields in the buffer zone, and that demining in Cyprus must continue, noting the continued danger posed by mines in Cyprus, and urging rapid agreement on facilitating the recommencement of demining operations and clearance of the remaining minefields,

Highlighting the importance of the activities of the Committee on Missing Persons, urging the opening up of access to all areas to allow the Committee to carry out their work, and trusting that this process will promote reconciliation between the communities,

Agreeing that active participation of civil society groups, including women’s groups, is essential to the political process and can contribute to making any future settlement sustainable, recalling that women play an important role in peace processes, welcoming all efforts to promote bicommunal contacts and events including, inter alia, on the part of all United Nations bodies on the island, and urging the two sides to promote the active engagement of civil society and the encouragement of cooperation between economic and commercial bodies and to remove all obstacles to such contacts,

Stressing the need for the Council to pursue a rigorous, strategic approach to peacekeeping deployments,

Welcoming the intention of the Secretary-General to keep all peacekeeping operations under close review to ensure efficiency and effectiveness, including a review of UNFICYP when appropriate, and noting the importance of contingency planning in relation to the settlement, including recommendations as appropriate for further adjustments to UNFICYP’s mandate, force levels and other resources and concept of operations, taking into account developments on the ground and the views of the parties,

Welcoming also the continued efforts of Alexander Downer as the Secretary-General’s Special Advisor with a mandate to assist the parties in the conduct of fully-fledged negotiations aimed at reaching a comprehensive settlement, and the efforts of Lisa Buttenheim as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative,

Echoing the Secretary-General’s gratitude to the Government of Cyprus and the Government of Greece for their voluntary contributions to the funding of UNFICYP, and his request for further voluntary contributions from other countries and organizations, and expressing appreciation to member states that contribute personnel to UNFICYP,

Welcoming and encouraging efforts by the United Nations to sensitize peacekeeping personnel in the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases in all its peacekeeping operations,

1.       Acknowledges the progress made so far in the fully fledged negotiations, but notes that this has not been sufficient and has not yet resulted in a comprehensive and durable settlement, and urges the sides to continue their discussions to reach decisive progress on the core issues;

2.       Takes note of the report of the Secretary-General (S/2012/507);

3.       Recalls Security Council resolution 2026 (2011), and calls upon the two leaders to:

(a)      Put their efforts behind further work on reaching convergences on the core issues;

(b)      Continue to work with the Technical Committees with the objective of improving the daily lives of the Cypriots;

(c)      Improve the public atmosphere in which the negotiations are proceeding, including by focussing public messages on convergences and the way ahead, and delivering more constructive and harmonised messages; and

(d)      Increase the participation of civil society in the process as appropriate;

4.       Urges the implementation of confidence-building measures, and looks forward to agreement on and implementation of further such steps, including military confidence building measures and the opening of other crossing points;

5.       Urges all parties to be more forthcoming in accommodating the Committee for Missing Persons exhumation requirements by providing unrestricted access throughout the island, including in military areas in the north;

6.       Reaffirms all its relevant resolutions onCyprus, in particular resolution 1251 (1999) of 29 June 1999 and subsequent resolutions;

7.       Expresses its full support for UNFICYP and decides to extend its mandate for a further period ending 31 January 2013;

8.       Calls on both sides to continue to engage, as a matter of urgency and while respecting UNFICYP’s mandate, in consultations with UNFICYP on the demarcation of the buffer zone, and on the United Nations 1989 aide-memoire, with a view to reaching early agreement on outstanding issues;

9.       Calls on the Turkish Cypriot side and Turkish forces to restore in Strovilia the military status quo which existed there prior to 30 June 2000;

10.     Calls on both sides to allow access to deminers and to facilitate the removal of the remaining mines in Cyprus within the buffer zone, and urges both sides to extend demining operations outside the buffer zone;

11.     Requests the Secretary-General to submit a report on implementation of this resolution, including on contingency planning in relation to the settlement, by 10 January 2013 and to keep the Security Council updated on events as necessary;

12.     Welcomes the efforts being undertaken by UNFICYP to implement the Secretary-General’s zero tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse and to ensure full compliance of its personnel with the United Nations code of conduct, requests the Secretary-General to continue to take all necessary action in this regard and to keep the Security Council informed, and urges troop-contributing countries to take appropriate preventive action including the conduct of pre-deployment awareness training, and to take disciplinary action and other action to ensure full accountability in cases of such conduct involving their personnel;

13.     Decides to remain seized of the matter.

 

EU remains committed to an effective humanitarian response

Statement on behalf of the European Union and its Member States delivered by H.E. Mr. Nicholas Emiliou, Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the UN on Humanitarian Segment of ECOSOC, 18 July, 2012

Mr. Chair,

I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union and its member states.

The Acceding Country Croatia*, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia[1], Iceland[2]  as well as Georgia, align themselves with this declaration. [Read more…]

Financial flows to the UN development system increased substantially over the last 15 years

EU Statement delivered by Ms. Maria Zoupaniotis, Counsellor of the Permanent Mission of Cyprus to the UN at the General Debate on Operational Activities Segment of  ECOSOC, July 17, 2012

Mr. President,

I have the honour to address the Economic and Social Council on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.  [Read more…]

Μνημόσυνο για τα θύματα του Πραξικοπήματος και της Τουρκικής Εισβολής στη Νέα Υόρκη, 15 Ιουλίου 2012

Την Κυριακή 15 Ιουλίου 2012, το Γενικό Προξενείο, η Κυπριακή Ομοσπονδία Αμερικής και η ΠΣΕΚΑ οργάνωσαν εθνικό μνημόσυνο  για τα θύματα των μαύρων επετείων, του πραξικοπήματος και της Τουρκικής εισβολής, το οποίο τελέστηκε στον ιερό ναό του Αγίου Δημητρίου στην Αστόρια της Νέα Υόρκης. [Read more…]

Presentation by Ambassador Nicholas Emiliou Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the United Nations On “The Priorities of Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the EU – A UN Perspective” To the Members of the Foreign Press Association, Wednesday, 11 July, 2012, New York

Dear Friends,

I welcome you to the Cyprus House.  Indeed I am delighted to be with you tonight to speak about the Cyprus Presidency of the EU Council for the next six months and its main priorities.  It is a standard practice that each member state assuming   the Presidency of the EU should prepare a set of priorities on issues considered of great importance and therefore placed high on its political agenda. [Read more…]