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UN Security Council calls for immediate resumption of Cyprus talks
2003-12-22 10:14:58

by Apostolis Zoupaniotis

United Nations, Dec 19 (CNA) -- UN Security Council urged the Turkish Cypriot leadership and all parties concerned to strongly support the Secretary General's efforts and called for an immediate resumption of Cyprus talks on the basis of his proposals.

In a statement by the Council's President after unofficial deliberations of the Body, the members of the Council also ''welcome the fact that the majority of Turkish Cypriots have expressed their desire for a solution to the Cyprus problem and for accession to the EU.''

''This result is all the more noteworthy given pressures faced by the Turkish Cypriots to support the status quo,'' the statement said.

The members of the Council expressed hope ''that all parties in northern Cyprus and all other concerned parties will honour the desire of the majority of Turkish Cypriots as soon as possible.''

They also noted that they continue to believe ''that securing a comprehensive settlement negotiated on the basis of the detailed proposals of the Secretary General and accession to the EU by a reunited Cyprus would be in the interests of all Cypriots.''

''The members reiterate their full support for the good offices of the Secretary General as entrusted to him in Security Council resolution 1250. They urge the Turkish Cypriot leadership and all parties concerned to strongly support the Secretary General's efforts and, in this context, call for an immediate resumption of the talks on the basis of his proposals,'' the Security Council stressed.

The members of the Council also reaffirmed the Council's previous resolutions and statements on Cyprus, including resolutions 541, 550 and 1475.

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