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President Clerides urges international community to intervene
2002-08-26 10:00:18

Nicosia, Aug 26 (CNA) -- Cyprus expects the international community to intervene more substantially to find a Cyprus settlement before the island's accession to the European Union (EU), President Glafcos Clerides stated here Monday.

Addressing the 19th conference of the Councils of the World Federation of Overseas Cypriots (POMAK) and the International Coordinating Committee Justice for Cyprus (PSEKA), Clerides assured that if the Turkish side remains intransigent, a non-solution to teh Cyprus problem would not affect the island's accession course.

The President said he anticipates the completion of the accession negotiations to take place within the set deadline.

Referring to the ongoing UN-led direct talks for a Cyprus settlement, the Cypriot President said that no substantial progress has been so far achieved due to the insistence of the Turkish side for recognition of "two sovereign states".|

Clerides welcomed the First International Conference of Cyprus Youth Overseas, which is taking place at the same time with the Councils' Conference, adding that the government will provide unlimited support.

He underlined that the overseas youth represents hope for overseas Cypriots and secures cooperation and succession for the generations to come.

Furthermore the President thanked Cypriot Hellenism for its support to the just struggle for a peaceful solution and noted its contribution to the enlightenment campaign worldwide.

President Clerides said the goal is a united Cyprus, with a single sovereignty, international personality and citizenship noting, "we are searching for a solution that will secure human rights and fundamental freedoms, will be in line with the acquis communautaire and the principles of international law and UN resolutions".

President Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash have been engaged in UN-led direct talks since mid January this year with a view to negotiate until a comprehensive settlement is reached. However no progress has been achieved yet because of Denktash's insistence on the creation of two states in Cyprus, contrary to numerous UN resolutions calling for the establishment of a bicommunal bizonal federation.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 per cent of its territory.

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