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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 00-09-29

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

Friday, 29 September 2000


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  • [01] President Clerides: We shall not accept a solution outside the framework of the UN Security Council resolutions


[01] President Clerides: We shall not accept a solution outside the framework of the UN Security Council resolutions

"We have repeatedly stated and we repeat emphatically, following the Secretary-General's statement at the beginning of the fourth round, that we shall not accept a solution outside the framework of the UN Security Council resolutions. We also insist that a comprehensive solution should fully conform to international human rights conventions, the UN Charter and the Acquis Communautaire", President Clerides stated yesterday on his return to Cyprus from New York, where he participated in the fourth round of UN-led proximity talks on Cyprus.

Speaking to the press, the President referred to the Secretary General's statement that each party represents only its side and no-one else as the political equal of the other, and stressed that he had reacted immediately to this statement as the Turkish side could have taken advantage of it, to promote its own unacceptable positions.

"We immediately expressed our strong objections to the content of his statement. We warned that it could be interpreted in a manner that would be exploited by Turkey and Mr Denktash. We stressed that we would not attend the talks if we were not given satisfactory clarifications" he said.

Clarifications

President Clerides explained that after the statement, he addressed a letter to the Secretary-General requesting clarification of certain points and refutation of the Turkish interpretations.

"The well-known statements of the Secretary General and his Special Adviser, Mr Alvaro de Soto, followed. Mr de Soto also conveyed to him the Secretary- General's clarifications regarding the points raised in my letter. I sent a second letter to the Secretary-General codifying the clarifications given to me by the Secretary General with respect to his statement", he said.

President Clerides said that a meeting followed between himself and the Secretary General in the presence of his delegation during which the Secretary General confirmed the clarifications in question and the fact that a solution to the Cyprus problem must fully take into account the Security Council resolutions

He emphasized that in the light of the explanations, clarifications and assurances given to the Greek Cypriot delegation by the Secretary General, he considered that a refusal to continue with the talks would be construed as termination of the talks.

"A reluctance on our part to continue with the proximity talks, would provoke international criticism against our side and would have a negative effect on our EU accession course," he said.

Ideas

The President also explained that during the fourth round, the United Nations did not table any proposals for acceptance or rejection. "Certain ideas were mentioned, the aim of which was to gauge our reaction as well as the reaction of the Turkish Cypriot delegation".

"We are passing through a critical phase as regards the future of our country. Nobody can seriously question that on the part of the United Nations, the Security Council and its Permanent Members a serious effort is being made to help the two communities in Cyprus reach a mutually acceptable solution to the Cyprus problem," the President said.

"I believe that we have the political duty - and in any case, this is my policy - to exhaust all possibilities, to establish whether it is feasible to find a solution in accordance with the UN resolutions", he added.


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


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