UN peacekeeping forces needs Turkey, Cyprus approval to proceed
(MENAFN) On Wednesday, the Turkey's foreign minister stated that the success of UN peacekeeping forces needs the approval of all parts, and that involves the long-separated island of Cyprus.
Cavusoglu declared in a statement to UN Peacekeeping Ministerial conference hosted in the South Korean capital Seoul, through video call, “let me underline the need for the UN to seek the consent of the Turkish Cypriot authorities for the UN peacekeeping force on the island,” known as UNFICYP.
He also mentioned, “furthermore, it should be recalled that the only occupation on the island took place in 1963, which in fact led to the deployment of UN peace force in 1964,” talking about the indigenous cleansing by ethnic Greeks on the island that compelled Turkish Cypriots to depart to reserves for their protection.
Turkey stated during July that the UN Security Council’s delay of the order of the UN Peacekeeping Force on Cyprus has "no meaning or value for us” as it “ignores once again the will of the Turkish Cypriot people.”
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