November 15, 2018

UNFICYP – United Nations Force In Cyprus

Deployment: March 1964, the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) was established by the Security Council by its resolution 186 (1964) of 4 March 1964. The mandate of the force has been extended by the Council in subsequent resolutions.

Headquarters: Nicosia

Mandate: The mandate of UNFICYP, in accordance with Security Council Resolution 186 (1964) of 4 March 1964, is the following: “In the interest of preserving international peace and security, to use its best efforts to prevent a recurrence of fighting and, as necessary, to contribute to the maintenance and restoration of law and order and a return to normal conditions.”After the Turkish invasion of 1974 the mandate of the force was expanded by relevant Security Council Resolutions in order to include the maintenance of the cease fire and the surveillance of the United Nations buffer zone, as well as a number of humanitarian functions concerning the refugees, the enclaved, etc.

Present number of the force: 929

Contributors of military personnel:Argentina*, Austria, Canada, Hungary, Peru **, Slovakia*** and the United Kingdom.

*The Argentinean contingent includes soldiers from Brazil, Paraguay and Peru

** Peru is using one vacant Canadian and one British post at UNFICYP headquarters

***The Slovakian contingent includes soldiers from Croatia

Contributors of police personnel: Australia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, El Salvador, India, Ireland, Italy, Montenegro,the Netherlands and Ukraine.

Cost of the force: The approved UNFICYP budget for the period 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010 amounts to $54.41 million.

Fatalities: 178 since its establishment.

Commander: Major General Chao Liu (China)