UN council extends mission's mandate in Cyprus

The UN Security Council decided Friday to extend its peacekeeping mission in Cyprus another six months while both Turkish and Greek Cypriots are negotiating an end to the island's division...

The mission, with about 900 military military and police personnel, will remain until December 15.

The council urged both sides to build on the present momentum of their dialogue to break through deep-seated differences brewing for decades and find solutions that would end the division on the islands. Turkish Cypriots live in northern Cyprus and Greek Cypriots are in the south, separated by a ceasefire line manned by UN peacekeepers since the early 1970s.