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UN to implement adjustments to its Cyprus peacekeeping force

March 2, 2018

Cyprus' President Nicos Anastasiades, right, talks with Jean-Pierre Lacroix, right, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations during their meeting at the presidential palace in divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Friday, March 2, 2018. The chief of United Nations peacekeeping operations says the world body is moving ahead with “certain adjustments” to its force in Cyprus that will make it more effective in fulfilling its mission to keep tensions low on the ethnically-divided island. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The chief of United Nations peacekeeping operations says the world body is moving ahead with “certain adjustments” to its force in Cyprus that will make it more effective in fulfilling its mission to keep tensions low on the ethnically-divided island.

Jean-Pierre Lacroix said after talks Friday with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades that in light of a recent operational review, the U.N. is certain that the 1,100 strong force will be “fully equipped and resourced” to meet its mandate.

Lacroix didn’t specify what those adjustments will be.

The U.N.’s Cyprus mission is one of the oldest, first deployed in 1964. Since the island’s division in 1974 when Turkey invaded following a coup by supporters of union with Greece, the force has been patrolling the 180-kilometer (120 mile) long cease-fire line.

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