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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 96-09-30

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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>

News Update

30/9/96


CONTENTS

  • [01] Madeleine Albright: The US "supported resolutions that affirm the illegality of Turkish occupation"
  • [02] Greek Foreign Minister calls on UN to take action on Cyprus
  • [03] Cyprus problem and Greek-Turkish relations are unrelated issues Greek Foreign Minister


[01] Madeleine Albright: The US "supported resolutions that affirm the illegality of Turkish occupation"

The Permanent Representative of the US to the United NationsAmbassador Madeleine Albright, who was the main speaker at the annual awards gala of the Cyprus Federation of America said that the US "supported resolutions that affirm the territorial integrity of Cyprus and the illegality of the Turkish Army's occupation".

Former US Senator Paul Tsongas, Congressman Robert Menendez andGreek American Angelo Tsakopoulos were presented by PresidentClerides with the "Justice for Cyprus" awards on Saturday (28September) for their major contribution to the Cyprus cause.

President Clerides expressed his deep appreciation for theircontribution and stressed that Greek Cypriots are determined to strive for the restoration of their human rights and a viable solution on the Cyprus problem.

The Permanent Representative of the US to the United NationsAmbassador Madeleine Albright, who was the main speaker at thegala, underlined her country's commitment to finding a justsolution.

"I pledge our best efforts, both within the Administration and atthe United Nations, to settle the problems of Cyprus peacefullyand with fairness" she said.

She recalled that in the UN Security Council the US "supportedresolutions that affirm the territorial integrity of Cyprus, theillegality of the Turkish Army's occupation, the rights of theaggrieved, and the need to reach a comprehensive and justsettlement".

"We have seen divisions in other parts of Europe come to an end.The division of Cyprus must also come to an end", she said.

[02] Greek Foreign Minister calls on UN to take action on Cyprus

Greek Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos has cited Cyprus as astriking example of the inability of the international communityto ensure implementation of UN resolutions and tackle the problemof the occupation of a member state by another. He told the UNGeneral Assembly on Saturday that the time has come to reach ajust and viable solution based on the UN resolutions.

The prospect of Cyprus joining the EU is a new importantdevelopment which creates conditions that should facilitate acomprehensive settlement of the issue, he said.

He believed the period until the start of the accession talks"should in no way be left unexploited". The Greek Government, hesaid, would welcome any new initiative on Cyprus which wouldcontribute to a solution.

Pangalos urged the international community to live up to itspolitical and moral responsibilities and take action withoutdelay if Turkey does not demonstrate the political will requiredfor achieving a settlement. It must "try to convince Turkey toabide by international law and withdraw its troops from theisland", he said.

Pangalos expressed support for President Clerides' proposal forthe demilitarisation of Cyprus. The proposal, he said, would notonly contribute to the easing of tension but would at the sametime meet the security concerns of both communities on theisland.

[03] Cyprus problem and Greek-Turkish relations are unrelated issuessays Greek Foreign Minister

Greek Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos has told journalists inNew York that the Cyprus problem and Greek-Turkish relationscould not be taken up together in negotiations as they weretotally unrelated issues involving different parties.

Cyprus must discuss the Cyprus problem with Turkey, whereas theAegean is an issue concerning Turkey and Greece alone, he said.


From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/


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