Cablegate: Cyprus - Voting Instruction for Unficyp Mandate


DE RUEHC #7336 3460018
O 120016Z DEC 09



E.O. 12958: N/A

REF: STATE 125212

1. (U) This is an action request: The Department instructs
USUN to vote in favor of the following UN Security Council
resolution regarding the mandate renewal of the UN
Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) on December 14, 2009.
USUN is authorized to provide U.S. co-sponsorship of the
resolution. Post should seek additional guidance from the
Department if there are any additional substantive changes to
the resolution text.

2. (U) Begin text: The Security Council,

PP1 Welcoming the reports of the Secretary-General of 25
November 2009 (S/2009/609) on the United Nations operation in
Cyprus and of 30 November 2009 (S/2009/610) on his mission of
good offices in Cyprus,

PP2 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 15 December 2009,

PP3 Echoing the Secretary-General's firm belief that the
responsibility for finding a solution lies first and foremost
with the Cypriots themselves, stressing that there now exists
a rare opportunity to make decisive progress in a timely
fashion, 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

PP4 Commending the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot
leaders for the political leadership they have shown, and
warmly welcoming the progress made so far in the fully
fledged negotiations, and the leaders, joint statements.

PP5 Strongly urging the leaders to increase the momentum in
the negotiations to ensure the full exploitation of this
opportunity to reach a comprehensive settlement based on a
bicommunal, bizonal federation with political equality, as
set out in the relevant Security Council resolutions,

PP6 Emphasizing the importance attached by the
international community of all parties engaging fully,
flexibly and constructively in the negotiations, and looking
forward to decisive progress in those negotiations in the
near future,

PP7 Welcoming the intention of the Secretary General to
keep the Council informed of further developments and

PP8 Welcoming also the implementation of some of the
confidence building measures announced by the leaders, and
calling for a renewed effort to implement the remaining
measures and for agreement on and implementation of further
steps to build trust between the communities,

PP9 Reaffirming the importance of continued crossings of
the Green Line by Cypriots, encouraging the opening by mutual
agreement of other crossing points, welcoming the leaders,
agreement to open the Limnitis/Yesilirmak crossing point and
the successful first trial crossing of ambulances from both
sides, and urging implementation of the second phase of the
restoration of the Ledra Street crossing,

PP10 Convinced of the many important benefits for all
Cypriots that would flow from a comprehensive and durable
Cyprus settlement, and encouraging both sides clearly to
explain these benefits, as well as the need for increased
flexibility and compromise in order to secure them, to both
communities well in advance of any eventual referenda,

PP11 Highlighting the supportive role the international
community will continue to play in helping the Greek Cypriot
and Turkish Cypriot leaders to exploit fully the current

PP12 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
good progress achieved so far, or damage the goodwill on the

PP13 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,

PP14 Welcoming the progress made in proceeding with demining
activities, looking forward to the clearance of the remaining
minefields, and regretting the tragic loss of life on 28
October of a civilian contractor working for the Mine Action

PP15 Welcoming the progress and continuation of the
important activities of the Committee on Missing Persons, and
trusting that this process will promote reconciliation
between the communities,

PP16 Agreeing that active participation of civil society
groups is essential to the political process and can
contribute to making any future settlement sustainable,
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,

PP17 Stressing the need for the Council to pursue a
rigorous, strategic approach to peacekeeping deployments,

PP18 Welcoming the intention of the Secretary-General to
keep all peacekeeping operations, including those of UNFICYP,
under close review 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 concept of operations,
taking into account developments on the ground and the views
of the parties,

PP19 Welcoming 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,

PP20 Echoing also 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,

PP21 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. Welcomes the analysis of developments on the ground
over the last six months in the Secretary-General's reports,
in accordance with his mandate;

2. Welcomes also the progress made so far in the fully
fledged negotiations, and the prospect of further progress in
the near future towards a comprehensive and durable
settlement that this has created;

3. Urges full exploitation of this opportunity, including
by intensifying the momentum of negotiations, improving the
current atmosphere of trust and goodwill, and engaging in the
process in a constructive and open manner;

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

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

6. Expresses its full support for UNFICYP and decides to
extend its mandate for a further period ending 15 June 2010.

7. 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;

8. 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;

9. Requests the Secretary-General to submit a report on
implementation of this resolution, including on contingency
planning in relation to the settlement, by 1 June 2010 and to
keep the Security Council updated on events as necessary;

10. 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
predeployment awareness training, and to take disciplinary
action and other action to ensure full accountability in
cases of such conduct involving their personnel;

11. Decides to remain seized of the matter.

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