Press releases

  • 24 Mar 2021 - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Major General Ingrid Gjerde of Norway as Force Commander of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). Major General Gjerde succeeds Major General Cheryl Pearce of Australia, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for her dedication and leadership during her two years of service.
  • 09 Dec 2020 - The United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) continues to work closely with the authorities to ensure that all relevant protocols to prevent and mitigate the risk of COVID-19 are strictly adhered to.   
  • 21 May 2020 - UNFICYP welcomes today’s discussion between the leaders and their decision to ease restrictions at the crossing points. We stand ready to assist the sides and the bi-communal Technical Committee on health on the way forward as the situation allows. End.
  • 12 May 2020 - Nicosia – Today at around 3.00am a small explosive device was detonated outside a bakery in the bi-communal village of Pyla. The explosion caused minor damage to property; thankfully, no injuries to persons were reported. The United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) is very concerned by this incident. The perpetrators must be brought to justice.
  • 06 May 2020 - Nicosia - We hope that both sides will continue to cooperate closely as they address the public health emergency across the island. This includes coordinating their efforts to ease restrictions at the crossing points, when the situation allows. UNFICYP stands ready to facilitate and support both sides with these efforts.
  • 10 Apr 2020 - Nicosia, 10th April 2020 – The United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) confirms the first case of the coronavirus amongst its peacekeeping personnel today. The patient reported mild symptoms and was isolated immediately after testing positive for COVID-19.
  • 21 Mar 2020 - UNFICYP is continuing its operations at this time; our peacekeepers maintain their patrols in the buffer zone and remain engaged with both sides.   The mission has stepped up measures to protect our peacekeepers, ensure continuity of UN operations in Cyprus and prevent the potential spread of COVID-19
  • 05 Mar 2020 - Nicosia – Following the decision to temporarily close four crossing points along the buffer zone, UNFICYP is concerned by the ongoing disruption caused to people on both sides.