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Kasoulides says UN losing patience over lack of progress
2002-07-11 09:22:26

Nicosia, Jul 11 (CNA) - Minister of Foreign Affairs Ioannis Kasoulides has said that the recent UN Security Council statement on Cyprus gives the message that it is losing its patience over lack of progress in talks to solve the Cyprus problem, and clarifies the responsibility of the Turkish Cypriot side, saying it is "less constructive" in efforts to reach a settlement.

Kasoulides noted the Council's clear position that the effort made by de Soto to determine the component parts of a comprehensive settlement should take fully into consideration the relevant UN Security Council resolutions on Cyprus but most importantly that the Turkish side should orientate its views, which obviously are not in line with the UN resolutions.|

The Security Council issued a statement two days ago saying that the Turkish Cypriot side has been "less constructive" than the Greek Cypriot side in efforts to solve the Cyprus problem.

The statement was issued after the Council was briefed by the UN Secretary General's Special Adviser on Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto, about the course of the UN-led direct talks aiming to solve the Cyprus problem

Kasoulides expressed the view that the time left for a solution to the Cyprus issue, regarding the opportunities offered this period, is narrowing.

"It is not possible for us to continue (with the talks) after October without any constructive and significant effort on the four core issues of the Cyprus problem (governance, security, territory and property)", Kasoulides said.

Referring to the political situation in Turkey, the Minister said the government is following developments very closely. He added that the EU would accept Cyprus as a full EU member state regardless of the developments in Turkey.

"The political instability, uncertainty and the possibility for early elections in Turkey do not help, since there is a possibility that they give Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash the chance to hide behind those developments and continue with his intransigent stance", he added.

Kasoulides further noted that the government should carefully follow developments in Turkey to see whether there will be a new government, a new Premier and if the new government will be in favour of the EU. "In such a case, things may change", he noted.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. President of the Republic Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash launched direct UN-led talks in January, with a view to solve the problem. The talks enter their fifth round in mid-July.

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