United Nations.- By Apostolos Zoupaniotis
UN General Assembly has adopted unanimously the annual budget for peacekeeping missions of the international organization, including the budget for UNFICYP, for the period 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013.
The total funding required for 14 UN peacekeeping missions amounted to 7 billion U.S. dollars, while the financing of the peacekeeping force in Cyprus for the above period amounts to 56.97 million U.S. dollars.
The resolution on the financing of UNFICYP mentions Resolution 186 (1964) of the Security Council on the establishment of the Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus and the subsequent resolutions to renew the mandate of UNFICYP including resolution 2026 (2011) to renew the mandate of peacekeeping force in Cyprus until 19 July 2012.
The resolution also expresses appreciation for the voluntary contributions of the Governments of Cyprus and Greece in the annual budget of UNFICYP. The contribution of the Republic of Cyprus covers 1/3 of the cost of the Force and the contribution of Greece is 6.5 million dollars per year.
The Secretary-General’s report for the peacekeeping force is expected to be submitted by July 1 and as officials of the international organization assure it will be technical.
During the first 10 days of July, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Cyprus Lisa Buttenheim will brief members of the Security Council on matters related to the presence of UNFICYP in Cyprus, while at the same time Special Advisor of the Secretary-General Alexander Downer will brief the Security Council for the course of his mandate of good offices in Cyprus.