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UN SG welcomes result of voting in Cyprus' occupied north
2005-04-18 14:10:58

United Nations, Apr 18 (CNA) – UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has welcomed the outcome of Sunday’s vote in the Turkish occupied north of Cyprus.

He also congratulated the new leader of the Turkish Cypriot community Mehmet Ali Talat, saying he looks forward to working productively with him in the search for peace on the island.

A statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General says “the Secretary-General notes the outcome of the elections in Northern Cyprus, held on 17 April”.

The SG “is glad that the leadership of the Turkish Cypriot community has been clarified and he welcomes the renewed evidence of commitment to a peaceful resolution of the Cyprus issue”.

Annan “congratulates Mr. Mehmet Ali Talat and, in the context of his mission of good offices, looks forward to working productively with him in the continuing search for peace on the island”.

The Turkish Cypriot unilateral declaration of independence was declared ''legally invalid'' by UN Security Council resolution 541 of November 1983, which called on all states not to recognise the self-styled regime and not to facilitate it in any way.

Only Turkey, whose troops invaded in 1974 and continue to occupy 37 per cent of the island's territory, has recognised the Turkish Cypriot regime.

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