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UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council on Thursday renewed the mandate for the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) until July 31, 2022, but expressed serious concern about several issues, including the continued violations of the military status quo along the ceasefire lines.

Unanimously adopting resolution 2618, the council called on the leaders of the two Cypriot communities and all involved parties to refrain from any actions and rhetoric that might damage the settlement process and that could raise tensions on the island.

It also expressed concern over tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, and underlined that disputes should be resolved peacefully, in accordance with applicable international law.

The council expressed serious concern at the reported encroachment by both sides into the buffer zone separating Greek and Turkish communities in the northern and southern regions of the Mediterranean island since 1974 and the increase in unauthorized construction. It called on the sides to reduce existing barriers to intercommunal contact and welcomed the continuation of the regular dialogue between them and the United Nations.

By other terms, the council expressed deep regret over the lack of progress on an effective mechanism for direct military contacts between the sides and the relevant involved parties.

It urged flexibility and engagement by the sides and the relevant involved parties, facilitated by UNFICYP, to develop an acceptable proposal on the establishment of such a tool, and its timely implementation.

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