United Nations Peace-keeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP)

Force des Nations Unies chargée du maintien de la paix à Chypre
Fuerza de las Naciones Unidas para el Mantenimiento de la Paz en Chipre

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4 Mar 1964, as part of United Nations Peace-keeping Operations (DOMP), by resolution 186 (1964) of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), within United Nations System, in the framework of United Nations (UN). Mandate periodically extended, usually for periods of 6 months. In connection with the hostilities in July and Aug 1974, the Security Council adopted a number of resolutions requiring the Force to perform additional functions relating, in particular, to maintenance of the cease-fire.


Maintain the cease-fire and the status quo; promote restoration of normal conditions; carry out humanitarian functions.

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Following a de facto cease-fire, which came into effect on 16 Aug 1974, UNFICYP inspected the deployment of the Cyprus National Guard and the Turkish forces, and cease-fire lines and a buffer zone were established between the areas controlled by the opposing parties. Maintains constant surveillance from 41 permanently manned observation posts, 2 observation posts manned during daylight hours and from 118 temporarily manned observation posts as well as through vehicle, foot and air patrols and maintains surveillance of the seaward extension of the cease-fire lines. Maintains a patrol track for surveillance, monitoring of agricultural activities, the resupply of observation posts and rapid reaction to any incidents. As a result of the absence of a formal cease-fire agreement, UNFICYP is confronted with hundreds of incidents each year. It investigates and acts upon all violations of the cease-fire and the status quo. Action depends upon the nature of the incident and may include the deployment of troops, verbal and written protests and follow-up action to ensure that the violation has been rectified or will not recur. In the framework of humanitarian activities, UNFICYP is entrusted to encourage the fullest possible resumption of normal civilian activity in the buffer zone.


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  • Defence
    • Military Forces
    • Cease-Fire, Surrender
  • International Relations
    • United Nations
    • Peacekeeping
  • Peace
    • Humanitarian

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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