The United Nations force in Cyprus : an end to a peacekeeping era?

Van Coufoudakis


The article briefly outlines the reasons for peacekeeping so as to provide a perspective into the nature and function of UNFICYP. It also discusses the reasons why UNFICYP came to be the choice not only of those immediately involved in the post-1963 facet of the Cyprus Question, but also of the superpowers themselves at a time when their confrontation over peacekeeping was moving toward its climax. The general organizational characteristics, the problems and the achievements of UNFICYP are also analyzed. The article concludes with a brief analysis of the prospects for peacekeeping, given the experience of UNFICYP and the continuing superpower deadlock in the negotiations over the future of peacekeeping.

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