United Nations Security Council Resolution 1146

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UN Security Council
Resolution 1146
Cyprus-222.jpg
Northern part of Nicosia, with the flag of Northern Cyprus in the distance
Date 23 December 1997
Meeting no. 3,846
Code S/RES/1146 (Document)
Subject The situation in Cyprus
Voting summary
15 voted for
None voted against
None abstained
Result Adopted
Security Council composition
Permanent members
Non-permanent members

United Nations Security Council resolution 1146, adopted unanimously on 23 December 1997, after recalling all resolutions on Cyprus, particularly resolutions 186 (1964), 939 (1994) and 1117 (1997), the Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) for a further six months until 30 June 1998.[1]

The Government of Cyprus had again agreed to the continued presence of UNFICYP on the island. Tensions along the ceasefire line remained high, although the number of serious incidents had decreased. It was also noted that there were increased restrictions upon UNFICYP's freedom of movement and negotiations to a mutually acceptable resolution were in continued deadlock after two recent direct talks between Cyprus and Northern Cyprus.

The mandate of UNFICYP was extended until 30 June 1998. It was important that the parties quickly agreed to the measures proposed by UNFICYP to reduce tension. There was also concern about the strengthening of military weapons in southern Cyprus and the lack of progress in decreasing the number of foreign troops. In this regard, the Council urged the Republic of Cyprus to cut back on defence spending and withdraw foreign troops, with an overall view to demilitarising the entire island.[2]

After reiterating the unacceptability of the current situation, the Council welcomed the intention of the Secretary-General Kofi Annan to resume negotiations in March 1998, and both Cypriot leaders were urged to co-operate with the Secretary-General. It welcomed an agreement by the leaders on missing persons in July 1997 and bi-communal events – which had increased – were urged to take place to improve mutual co-operation and trust between the two communities.

Secretary-General Kofi Annan was instructed to report back to the Council by 10 June 1998 on the implementation of the current resolution.

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