Press releases

  • 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.
  • 09 Dec 2019 - Nicosia, 09 December 2019 – UNFICYP is pleased to announce the clearance of nine suspected hazardous areas each on both sides of the island, amounting to a total area of 210,882 square meters.  
  • 31 Oct 2019 - United Nations Day highlights the enduring ideals of the Charter, which entered into force on this date 74 years ago. Amid stormy global seas, the Charter remains our shared moral anchor. At this time of turbo-charged change, the United Nations remains focused on the real problems of real people. We are working for a fair globalization and bold climate action. We are pushing for human rights and gender equality -- and saying “no” to hatred of any kind.
  • 31 Oct 2019 - Peace is at the heart of all our work at the United Nations. And we know peace is much more than a world free of war. It means resilient, stable societies where everyone can enjoy fundamental freedoms and thrive rather than struggle to meet basic needs.Today peace faces a new danger: the climate emergency, which threatens our security, our livelihoods and our lives. That is why it is the focus of this year’s International Day of Peace.
  • 22 Aug 2019 - Nicosia, 22 August 2019 – As hunting season commences in Cyprus, UNFICYP cautions that such activities in the buffer zone, as well as the use of weapons, dogs or equipment in this context, is a security risk and strictly prohibited. The Mission strongly urges hunters to refrain from dangerous or irresponsible actions in and around the buffer zone.
  • 20 May 2019 - Today we honor more than one million men and women who have served as United Nations peacekeepers since our first mission in 1948.  We remember the more than 3,800 personnel who paid the ultimate price. And we express our deepest gratitude to the 100,000 civilian, police and military peacekeepers deployed around the world today, and to the countries that contribute these brave and dedicated women and men.  
  • 30 Apr 2019 - A free press is essential for peace, justice, sustainable development and human rights.  No democracy is complete without access to transparent and reliable information. It is the cornerstone for building fair and impartial institutions, holding leaders accountable and speaking truth to power. This is especially true during election seasons -- the focus of this year’s World Press Freedom Day.