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Cyprus government considers UN resolution positive
2006-06-16 12:18:18

Nicosia, Jun 16 (CNA) -- The Cyprus government regards last night's UN Security Council Resolution to renew UNFICYP's (UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus) mandate as a positive one, despite the fact that the resolution does not adequately cover the serious security problems created as a result of the anomalous situation, caused by the continued Turkish military occupation of the northern part of Cyprus.

According to an official statement, ''the Cyprus government notes the fact that the Security Council urges progress towards the resumption of negotiations for a comprehensive settlement and reaffirms its commitment and determination to work to this end.''

''In this context, it (the Cyprus government) reminds that its willingness to be involved in the process of preparing the ground for the full resumption of the dialogue, has been reaffirmed by the President of the Republic at his meeting with the Secretary General in Paris on February 28, when the Cyprus government gave its consent to a proposal to establish the necessary mechanism for bicommunal discussions at the technical level, to achieve this goal and to build confidence between the two communities.''

In this context, the government of Cyprus ''calls upon the leaders of the Turkish community to agree, the soonest possible, to the start of talks at the technical level so as to prepare the ground for negotiations for a solution to the Cyprus problem and at the same time to improve the climate in relations between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots and to build confidence between the two communities.''

On its part, the Greek Cypriot side declares that it is ready to respond to the call by the Security Council for active participation in bicommunal discussions at the technical level, under the leadership of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Cyprus.

The Cyprus government issued a statement here today expressing its appreciation of the United Nations Security Council decision yesterday to renew UNFICYP's mandate.

''The government,'' according to the statement, ''considers the presence of UNFICYP necessary for as long as the Turkish military occupation of the northern part of Cyprus continues.''

''This need is the basic criterion of the evaluation of the Security Council resolution,'' the statement reads, ''and for this reason, despite the fact that the resolution does not adequately cover the serious security problems created as a result of the anomalous situation, it regards it as positive.''

In this respect, the government expresses full support to the difficult task of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus.

The Cyprus government ''notes the appeal made by the Security Council to avoid actions which could lead to an increase in tension and expresses its readiness to strengthen and intensify the fruitful dialogue going on with UNFICYP to reach understanding on questions related to its mandate.''

Regarding ''the attempt to equal the provocative military activities by the Turkish occupation forces with construction activities by Greek Cypriot owners in the buffer zone and particularly at a time when the Cyprus government and local authorities display the necessary cooperation with UNFICYP so as to ensure the effectiveness of the Force in accordance with its mandate,'' the government considers this as ''lacking objectivity.''

The Cyprus government welcomes the strong support given by the Security Council to the efforts made by UNFICYP to extend demining operations to Turkish forces minefields in the buffer zone.

''In this respect,'' the government says, ''attention should be drawn to the fact that the demining of National Guard minefields, which took place on the initiative of the Cyprus government and with the active involvement of UNFICYP and European Union funding, has already been completed.''

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