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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 99-09-29
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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>
Wednesday, 29 September 1999
 P>US President Bill Clinton stated yesterday that he would like to see the resumption of Cyprus peace talks under UN auspices without preconditions.
Speaking to the press, prior to his meeting with Turkish Premier Bulent Ecevit in Washington, Mr Clinton said 'what we have been working for is the resumption of the UN-sponsored talks without preconditions. We hope that somehow we can find a way to get there', he said.
 P>US Presidential Envoy Al Moses will soon visit Nicosia, Athens and Ankara 'to explore ways for moving forward a negotiated Cyprus settlement.'
This was announced yesterday, in a briefing held after yesterday's meeting in Washington of US President Bill Clinton with Turkish Premier Bulent Ecevit.
The American Officials who held the press briefing said that the Turkish 'Prime Minister supported the President's idea to send his Special Envoy for Cyprus, Al Moses, to the region as early as next week' to move the negotiations process forward.
Moreover he added that the US position is to 'move forward to talks under UN auspices without preconditions.' The American official also referred to the G-8 statement calling on the parties to start direct negotiations. 'This is a good moment to move forward', he said, adding that the person to move this process forward is the President's Special Envoy.
 P>Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou reiterated yesterday the government's firm position that 'intercommunal talks must be held without conditions as envisaged in the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions and the G-8 statement. '
Mr Papapetrou added that 'the Greek Cypriot side is not prepared to get involved in a dialogue for finding a formula which will partly or wholly meet the demands or conditions set by Mr Denktash for participating in talks.'
 P>Government Spokesman Mr Michalis Papapetrou noted yesterday that the 'United States and other countries as well, have the power and means to contribute decisively towards bending Turkish intransigence. '
In a statement made yesterday at the conclusion of the President of the Republic's visit to New York, Mr Papapetrou noted that Cyprus' positions found support among all the members of the Security Council. He pointed out that the President of the Republic gave the message that 'the Greek Cypriot side is ready for an honourable compromise and ready to be involved in a give-and-take negotiating process.'
'An essential precondition, however, is that a settlement of the Cyprus problem must envisage a Cyprus whose political system will be a bizonal, bicommunal federation with a workable constitution and which will guarantee the survival and peaceful coexistence of the Greek and Turkish Cypriots on the island', he added.
 P>The five permanent members of the UN Security Council insist that talks aiming at a settlement of the protracted Cyprus question should resume, President Glafcos Clerides said yesterday.
Speaking after a working lunch he hosted for the representatives of the five permanent members in New York, President Clerides said they discussed 'in depth the reasons of Turkish intransigence 'in efforts to find a solution to the Cyprus problem' and ways of dealing with them'.. UN Under- Secretary General Sir Kieran Prendergast was also present at the lunch.
 P>Cyprus Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides attended last Sunday a gathering of the Cypriot Association 'Salamis' in New Jersey.
In his speech Mr Kasoulides stressed that the Cyprus government's priority is to find a solution that will restore the human rights of all Cypriots. A solution that will provide for a security system that will safeguard the peaceful co-existence of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots.
From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/