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Cyprus satisfied with UN SC resolution on Cyprus
2003-04-15 17:59:44

by Apostolos Zoupaniotis-- United Nations, Apr 15 (CNA) -- Cyprus Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Sotos Zackheos, has expressed satisfaction with the resolution 1475 on Cyprus unanimously adopted Monday by the Security Council.

Underlining that the end result was a compromised text, the Cypriot diplomat said the Council members reiterated their support to the continuation of the Good Offices mission of the Secretary General on Cyprus and considered the UN peace plan as a basis for further negotiations.

Russia's Permanent Representative, Sergey Lavrov, stated his country had always supported a solution which provides for a bizonal, bicommunal and united Cyprus.|

He expressed support to the resolution and the UN Secretary-General's good office mission and his Special Adviser Alvaro de Soto's efforts, noting the resolution could constitute a basis for further dialogue.

Lavrov underlined a solution should not be imposed but should be mutually acceptable.

Russia's Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations, Gennady Gadilov, said his country had been consistently advocating a just settlement of the Cyprus problem.

Speaking after the voting of resolution 1475 on Cyprus, Gadilov said the Cyprus problem should be resolved through “the establishment of a single bi-communal, bi-zonal federal state, ensuring full political equality of all the communities inhabiting the island, as envisioned under relevant Council resolutions, including 1250”.

He described the plan as ''balanced'' and called for future negotiations to use its parameters ''as a basis for dialogue.''

Gadilov said ''taking into account the well-known concerns of both sides regarding individual elements of the plan, we believe that it would be possible to make adjustments to it, which would assist in achieving compromise solutions.

Explaining the position of his country during the Council deliberations, Gadilov said that ''taking into account that approach, the Russian Federation has supported the Security Council resolution on Cyprus.''

Last week, the Council was divided on the language over the future status of Anan’s plan.

Council sources said the US and the UK supported the draft resolution calling for a settlement based on the Secretary General's plan, but Russia and China raised objections. Their opposition was dropped after an amendment was accepted which called Annan’s plan “a basis for further negotiations”.

In its resolution 1475, the Security Council is asking the Secretary General to continue to make available his good offices mission for Cyprus and blames Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash for the breakdown of a United Nations-sponsored peace plan.

Council members expressed regret that, due to the “negative approach” of the Turkish Cypriot leader, it had not been possible to put the Secretary-General’s settlement plan to simultaneous referenda by Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots and, as a result, there would be no comprehensive agreement on reunification of the island before 16 April.

The Council gave its full support to the Secretary-General’s “carefully balanced plan” of 26 February as a unique basis for further negotiations, and called 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 the Secretary-General’s Report.

Turkish troops have been occupying 37 per cent of Cyprus territory, in violation of repeated UN resolutions calling for their withdrawal.

CNA AZ/EC/GP/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

15/04/2003

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