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Cyprus welcomes UN?s position
2006-08-31 10:19:39

Nicosia, Aug 29 ? The Cyprus Government has welcomed the call by the UN Security Council for the full implementation of the 8 July agreement regarding the Cyprus question without further delay.

In a statement to the press on Tuesday, the Security Council President said ?the members of the SC express support for the Secretary-General?s continued efforts aimed at reaching a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem.?

In this context, they welcome the Agreement that was reached on 8 July during the mission of the Under Secretary General Ibrahim Gambari to the region.

He added that the members of the Security Council ?call for full implementation of the 8 July Agreement without further delay, and urge that work begin quickly.?

Cyprus? official spokesman Mr. Christodoulos Pashiardis also noted that ''our side with consistency, responsibility, goodwill and above all political will is working towards achieving progress as a necessary prerequisite for the commencement of substantive negotiations on the Cyprus problem''.

He then added that the preparation of the ground before substantive negotiations is also a demand of the UN Secretary General, who ''first wants to be convinced that the ground has been sufficiently prepared before he becomes involved personally in a new effort.''

Asked if the government was concerned that the Security Council was maintaining strict neutrality despite the Turkish side's stance which is preventing the implementation of the agreement, Pashiardis said ''it was of course not expected that the Security Council would apportion responsibility for the delay in the promotion of the full implementation of the July 8 agreement, even if there are some responsibilities for this delay.''

Mr. Pashiardis also said the Greek Cypriot side has no reason to obstruct progress but has every reason to pursue substantive negotiations for a Cyprus settlement.

Asked if the Security Council could force the Turkish side to stop delaying work at the technical committees, Mr. Pashiardis said there was no way of doing this, adding that it was up to the Turkish side to respond to the Security Council call for the full implementation of the agreement.

On July 8 Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos met Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat in the presence of Gambari. The two leaders agreed the commencement of meetings between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots on a technical level on issues that affect the day to day life of people and concurrently those that concern substantive issues.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

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