Security Council blames Denktash for failed talks in resolution
by Apostolis Zoupaniotis --
United Nations, Apr 14 (CNA) - The UN Security Council, in resolution 1475 approved here unanimously, blamed Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash for his negative approach to the talks in The Hague, which resulted with the collapse of the UN Secretary-General's effort for a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem.
At the same time, it notes that the Turkish Cypriots and the Greek Cypriots have been denied the opportunity to decide for themselves on a plan that would have permitted the reunification of Cyprus and as a consequence it will not be possible to achieve a comprehensive settlement before April 16, 2003, when Cyprus signs the EU Accession Treaty.
The full text of the Security Council resolution on Cyprus is as follows:
The Security Council,
Reaffirming all its resolutions on Cyprus, in particular resolution 1250 (1999) of June 29, 1999 aimed at achieving agreement on a comprehensive Cyprus settlement,
Reiterating its strong interest in achieving an overall political settlement on Cyprus which takes full consideration of relevant Security Council resolutions and treaties,
Welcoming the report of the Secretary General of April 1, 2003 (S/2003/398) on his mission of good offices in Cyprus,
1. Commends the extraordinary effort made by the Secretary General and his Special Adviser and his team since 1999 in pursuance of his Good Offices mission and within the framework of Security Council Resolution 1250;
2. Further commends the Secretary General for taking the initiative to present to the parties a comprehensive settlement plan aimed at bridging the gaps between them, drawing upon the talks that began in December 1999 under UN auspices and, following negotiations, to revise that plan on December 10, 2002 and February 26, 2003;
3. Regrets that, as described in the Secretary General's report, due to the negative approach of the Turkish Cypriot leader, culminating in the position taken at the March 10-11, 2003 meeting in The Hague, it was not possible to reach agreement to put the plan to simultaneous referenda as suggested by the Secretary General, and thus that the Turkish Cypriots and the Greek Cypriots have been denied the opportunity to decide for themselves on a plan that would have permitted the reunification of Cyprus and as a consequence it will not be possible to achieve a comprehensive settlement before April 16, 2003;
4. Gives its full support to the Secretary-General's carefully balanced plan of 26 February 2003, as a unique basis for further negotiations, and calls on all concerned to negotiate within the framework of the Secretary-General's Good Offices, using the plan to reach a comprehensive settlement as set forth in paragraphs 144-151, of the Secretary-General's report;
5. Stresses its full support for the Secretary General's mission of Good Offices as entrusted to him in resolution 1250 and asks the Secretary General to continue to make available his Good Offices for Cyprus as outlined in his report;
6. Decides to remain actively seized.|
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied its northern third.
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY