Selin ATAY-TDO- Turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) late Tuesday condemned a decision by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) that extended the mandate of a peacekeeping force on the island of Cyprus.

Extending the mandate for six months, unanimously adopting Resolution 2537 (2020) without the consent of Turkish Cypriots is contrarian the rules and principles of the United Nations (U.N.), both the Turkish Foreign Ministry and the Foreign Ministry of TRNC said.  

The Turkish Foreign Ministry stated that The United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) needs to make a legal arrangement with Turkish Cypriot authorities regarding its presence on the island.

Turkey pointed out the Security Council's inconsistent approach, as the U.N. body calls for cooperation between the two parties on the island while ignoring the issue of fair sharing of hydrocarbon resources as one of the areas of cooperation.

Ankara reiterated that despite legal deficiencies, the UNFICYP continues its activities on the island only through the well-intentioned approach of the TRNC, and Ankara supports the statement of the Foreign Ministry of the TRNC on the issue.

Emphasizing that the decision is political, the Foreign Ministry of TRNC stated that UNSC has become part of the tension and deadlock on the island.

It said the U.N. has always avoided making resolute decisions and taking steps, which contrary to ideal actions that would bring accurate and positive results for the island and the region.

Also, the Foreign Ministry of TRNC added that it is unacceptable that the call of the Turkish Cypriots is continuously ignored.

The United Nations. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus was established under the United Nations Security Forces in 1964 to avert a fight between the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots. The presence of the force on the island has been long questioned by the Turkish side due to its political and biased approach.

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