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STATEMENT BY UN SECURITY COUNCIL AND BY THE US ON CYPRUS
2002-05-03 13:44:58

On May 2nd the United Nations Security Council heard a report from the Special Adviser to the Secretary General on Cyprus, Mr. Alvaro de Soto, and adopted a statement, which can be found herebelow along with a statement by the deputy Permanent Representative of the United States to the UN.

PRESS STATEMENT ON CYPRUS BY THE PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF SINGAPORE TO THE UN,
IN HIS CAPACITY AS PRESIDENT OF THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL, MAY 2, 2002


The members of the Council heard on 2 May a further interim report from Mr. Alvaro de Soto, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus, concerning the direct talks in Cyprus between the two leaders which have been in progress since January pursuant to their agreement of 4 December 2001.

The members of the Council regretted that it had not proved possible to make more progress in the period of negotiations since the Council was last briefed on 4 April. They expressed the view that the time had now come to set down on paper areas of common ground between the two sides, with the aim of establishing the component parts of a comprehensive settlement which takes full consideration of relevant UN resolutions and treaties; and, where differences remain, to narrow and remove those through a process of negotiation focused on compromise formulations. They urged both sides, and in particular the Turkish side, to cooperate fully with the Secretary-General?s Special Adviser in such an effort.

Members of the Council warmly welcomed and supported the Secretary General?s intention to visit the island in the near future in pursuance of the mission entrusted to him by the Council in its resolution 1250. They hoped that this would enable decisive progress to be made in the face-to-face negotiations in the period before the June target date for agreement which the Council once again endorsed.

STATEMENT BY THE DEPUTY PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF THE UNITED STATES TO THE UN, AMBASSADOR JAMES CUNNINGHUM, MAY 2, 2002.

The United states welcomes and strongly supports the SYG?s intention to visit the island in May. It is a clear reflection of the importance the U and the international community place on resolving the Cyprus issue and the need for ore urgency in the negotiations to reach an agreement by the June target date. We stand ready to continue assisting the UNSYG and his Special Advisor Mr. De Soto in the vital effort to reach a comprehensive settlement to the Cyprus issue.

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