The UN Security Council this week agreed to extend the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in Cyprus (UNFICYP) by another six months and the top UN political official announced plans to visit the Mediterranean island next week as discussions continue on possible reunification. Council members voted unanimously to keep UNFICYP, which has operated since 1964 after the eruption of violence between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities, in place through December 15 this year. (UN News Service)

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