UN’s Special Rep Wants More Women Helping Solve Cyprus Unity

UN envoy Jane Holl Lute arrives at the presidential palace for a meeting with Cyprus' president Nikos Anastasiades in the divided capital of Nicosia, Cyprus, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. Lute is in Cyprus to hold a fresh round of consultations with everyone involved in stalled efforts to reunify ethnically split Cyprus in order to prepare the groundwork for a hoped-for resumption of negotiations. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Canadian diplomat Elizabeth Spehar, the United Nations Special Representative for Cyprus, said more women should be involved in helping bring reunification to the island divided since an unlawful 1974 invasion that saw Turkey occupy the northern third.

Spehar and UN Special Envoy Jane Holl Lute, an American diplomat who is trying to get the two sides to talk again after the last round of negotiations in July, 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana fell apart, have been leading the push to restart talks.

Speaking at ‘Women in Peace and Security. The Leadership Trio of UNFICYIP – a Global First in Nicosia, organized by the embassies of Australia, Norway and Canada, she said that, “often women shine the most when things look the most dire,” the Cyprus Mail said.

The UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) is the first mission in the 71-year history of UN peacekeeping to have a woman as the Head of Mission, as well as female leadership in both uniformed components.

Spehar serves as the Head of Mission, while the police component is led by Senior Police Adviser Ann-Kristin Kvilekval who comes from Norway, and the military component by Force Commander, Major General Cheryl Pearce, from Australia.

With Cyprus being called the “Graveyard of Diplomats,” she conceded it won’t be easy as Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mustafa Alinci said conditions aren’t right yet to start talking again after Turkey demanded the right to keep an army in the occupied land and wanted the right to militarily intervene again.

“First of all we don’t have negotiations right now. That has led to a lot of disappointment and disenchantment not only by women but men as well. It means that a lot of people have, kind of, dropped out of the race, civil society actors that are just losing their steam,” she said.

She added that, “There is an incredible group of dynamic Cypriot women from both sides of the divide who haven’t given up and who could really make things change. With all due respect to certain individuals, there is a certain dearth of leadership on the Cyprus issue right now. I think that women can fill that vacuum and we have been trying to push the concept of women as the vanguard of the peace process. I think it is doable.”

Spehar said there are 7,682 female peacekeepers, both uniformed and civilian, out of close to 103,000, which amounts to 13 percent.

Between 1957-89, only 20 uniformed women served in UN peacekeeping missions worldwide. In 1993, one percent were female. In 2014, the number was only three percent.

4 Comments

  1. Greeks of Cyprus need justice and security from the Turks and here she is talking sex quotas among the peacekeepers and the local leadership

    Silly article.

    1. Just another Aristocratic elitist and Globalist from Canada.. who believes Anglo white supremacist dictate the un elected rulers of Venezuela are ..not their people!

      Lute demonstrates how women are used by Nato and the U.S suppress opposition to their demands, .by portraying those not adopting their politically correct actions …as anti women bigots! Sort of like what they do to anyone opposing Israeli crimes and plans…they call them anti Semitic!

      She said that, “often women shine the most when things look the most dire,” the Cyprus Mail said

      Really! Let see the resume of these so called super women ..who have shined diplomatically!

      Let’s start with diplomat Victoria Nuland , former State dept. U.S Envoy leader for for the Ukraine, libya, and Cyprus, and Hillary Clinton , Secretary of Defense… who represent those ” Shining Moments” of women diplomacy in world history,

      Let see, Victoria Nuland with Hillary Clinton distinguished themselves in ..orchestrating and coordinating the illegal bombing, invasion and murder of the elected leader of Libya…and after watching him ..being sodomized and then his throat cut by their proxy terrorist jihadist screamed with joy…”We CAME, WE SAW, HE DIED”! …and so did the people of libya!

      Victoria Nuland, is featured on You tube ..diplomatically.orchestrating the coup of the Ukrainian government ..leading to civil war!

      Nuland..in Cyprus..diplomatically, sabotaged Greek Cypriot…

  2. I am not sure if Lute and Spehar are everything you say they are, but they do seem to be determined to waste the time of the Cyprus government as they seek to justify their jobs.

    And yet those women must be humored. A real shame.

    The current leadership of the Turks, both on Cyprus and in Turkey, will not make anything approaching a fair deal.

    1. Of course not , are the Turkish leadership in Cyprus any less under the control of Nato Turkey , than Anastasiadis is to Nato British Greece, and U.S !

      Is the Turkish and Greek Cypriot leadership interested in a reunification that strips them and their parties power to oversee and rule Cyprus for their personal benefit and control…albeit reporting to their masters in Brussels and Washington!

      Imperialism by foreign powers, like the U.S and Nato …demand complete subserviance of their vassal states ..run by Aristocratic Thugs installed and appointed to serve the interests of the U.S !

      LIke an organized crime family racket…they are allowed to break all rules of international conduct , like Saudi Arabia and Israel, and remain in power..as long as they make the enemies of America …the enemies of Cyprus and Greece!

      Today, these war lords do not even hide their blatant acts of Fascism..and disregard for International laws by dispicably and disgracefully , in in the light of day wage economic war on the people of Venezuela to starve them and force them to surrender their elected leader Nicholas Maduro , and then select an un elected member and willing puppet to be the President of Venezuela!

      To then watch the freaks of atheist, sexual deviates and prostitutes of the EU parliament rush, like a bunch of crazed dogs to pounce on the carcas of a wounded country, like they did in Greece, and now Venezuela…should tell you what lute’s deal is going to be!

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