Cyprus peacekeeping force extended for six months

Jan. 31, 2014 at 4:42 PM

UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- The presence in Cyprus of a long-running United Nations peacekeeping force was extended by six more months after a U.N. Security Council vote.

The force has been deployed on the Mediterranean island since 1964.

In the unanimous vote Thursday, the Security Council noted progress made thus far has not yet resulted in a comprehensive settlement between Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot sides.

A U.N. statement Thursday noted the United Nations has been facilitating talks between both sides with a goal of a unified federal government comprised of a Greek state and a Cypriot state on the island.

The extension will maintain the presence of the peacekeeping force until July 31.

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