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GOVERNMENT SATISFIED WITH COMMONWEALTH FINAL COMMUNIQUE ON CYPRUS
2002-03-05 18:34:58

Nicosia, Mar 5 (CNA) - Cyprus government expressed satisfaction with the reference on Cyprus in the final communique of the 2002 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting which wrapped up today in Australia.

1840:CYPPRESS:09 Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou said that the government was especially satisfied with the fact that Commonwealth leaders had said that the solution of the Cyprus problem should be based on UN relevant resolutions and should secure the independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity of a reunited Cyprus. |

Papapetrou said that these references should be evaluated in the light of the ongoing peace talks on Cyprus, that began January 16, 2002. "Consequently outlining the framework on which negotiations and the solution of the Cyprus problem must be based is very significant," the Spokesman added.

In their communique Commonwealth Heads of Government noted that progress could only be made at the negotiating table and encouraged all concerned to co-operate fully with the Secretary-General and his Special Adviser to show flexibility and negotiate to the conclusion of a just and lasting settlement consistent with relevant Security Council resolutions.

Herebelow is the section on Cyprus from the COOLUM COMMUNIQUE , which was adopted by the Commonwealth Heads of Government on March 5, 2002:

"CYPRUS Recalling and reaffirming previous United Nations Security Council Resolutions and reaffirming their previous communiques on Cyprus, Heads of Government welcomed the resumption of talks between the two sides under the auspices of the United Nations Secretary-General within the framework of his mandate of good offices mission as described in Security Council Resolution 1250.

They noted that progress could only be made at the negotiating table and encouraged all concerned to co-operate fully with the Secretary-general and his Special Adviser to show flexibility and negotiate to the conclusion of a just and lasting settlement consistent with relevant Security Council Resolutions.

Heads of Government reiterated their support for a Cyprus settlement that ensures the independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity of a reunited Cyprus."

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