Press releases

  • 24 Feb 2016 - Margot Wallström, Minister for Foreign Affairs, welcomed the United Nations efforts to reach an agreement on the Cyprus issue and acknowledged the role of religious leaders of Cyprus in the reconciliation process at the Parliamentary debate on Foreign Affairs 2016 in the Swedish Parliament this morning, Wednesday 24.2.16.
  • 17 Feb 2016 - In the context of the mandate given to the Technical Committees and in the absence of local experience about federal policing, the Technical Committee on Crime and Criminal Matters organized on the 17th of February at its Joint Contact Room in the buffer zone for its members a seminar on “Policing a federal country: challenges and benefits” with the support of the United Nations. 
  • 16 Feb 2016 - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Cyprus, Ms. Lisa Buttenheim, on 16 February awarded troops from UNFICYP’s Sector 4 on 16 February with UN medals for their work in Cyprus.
  • UNHCR aids refugees on the Greek Islands (file photo)

    12 Feb 2016 - The first group of asylum-seekers relocated from Greece arrived in Cyprus yesterday afternoon. The six asylum-seekers are from Syria, Iraq and Eritrea and their transfer to Cyprus is part of the EU relocation programme agreed by the European Union institutions and a number of Member States in September 2015.  Under this scheme, Cyprus has pledged to accept the relocation of 440 asylum-seekers from Greece and Italy.
  • 08 Feb 2016 - Today, His Beatitude Archbishop Chrysostomos II of Nova Justinia and All Cyprus and His Excellency Dr Talip Atalay, Mufti of Cyprus, together with the representative of His Eminence Archbishop Nareg of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church of Cyprus, His Excellency Archbishop Youssef Soueif of the Maronite Church of Cyprus also representing the Latin Patriarchal Vicar and Representative of the Apostolic Nunciature in Cyprus, visited the Anthropological laboratory of the Committee on Missing
  • 02 Feb 2016 - The Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage, the European Commission, the Honor Frost Foundation and the United Nations Development Programme are pleased to announce the startup of the project "Upgrading of the Kyrenia Shipwreck Gallery within the Kyrenia Castle” and the conservation of the most important items of its collection.
  • 01 Feb 2016 - Cyprus has seen many positive developments concerning the treatment of people in detention, but still faces several challenges, particularly regarding the independent monitoring of places of detention and the treatment of migrants, the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT) has said after visiting the country.
  • 21 Jan 2016 - Good afternoon – I just had a good meeting with the Greek Cypriot leader, H.E. Mr. Nicos Anastasiades, the Turkish Cypriot leader, H.E. Mr. Mustafa Akıncı and my Special Adviser, Mr. Espen Barth Eide.   This was my first meeting with both leaders together. It was a very good opportunity for me to hear directly from them about their efforts since they resumed negotiations in May 2015.  
  • 31 Dec 2015 - The U.N. Development Programme (UNDP) today ends a ten year, multi-million dollar initiative that has bridged differences and helped make the Cyprus  conflict easier to solve by improving dialogue, communication and understanding on the long-divided island.
  • 23 Dec 2015 - The Mufti of Cyprus, Dr Talip Atalay prayed at Hala Sultan Tekke on 23rd December 2015 together with 1000 faithful during a special pilgrimage on the occasion of the Mawlid ul Nabi / Mevlid, celebrating the birth of Prophet Muhammad.