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2002-09-25 17:51:43

Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides Calls Upon Turkey to Comply with United Nations Resolutions to End the Division of Cyprus

In his address to the 57th session of the U.N. General Assembly, Cyprus Minister of Foreign Affairs Ioannis Kasoulides called upon Turkey and the Turkish Cypriot leadership "to heed the call of the international community and abandon their unacceptable policy of division and communal segregation,'' and "take advantage of the window of opportunity that is now available for the achievement of a just and viable settlement to the Cyprus problem, based on Security Council Resolutions, which represent the verdict and collective wisdom of the international community."

Echoing the dominant theme of this year's debate in the Assembly, Minister Kasoulides repeatedly emphasized the importance of full compliance with Security Council Resolutions, which in the case of Cyprus offer a vision for the future of Cyprus.

A series of U.N. General Assembly resolutions and binding Security Council decisions calling, inter alia, for the immediate withdrawal of all foreign forces from the Republic of Cyprus, for the return of the refugees to their homes in safety and respect for the independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity of Cyprus, have yet to be implemented by Turkey, which has illegally occupied nearly forty per cent of the Republic's sovereign territory and keeps the country and its people forcibly divided since 1974.

Excerpts from the Minister's address the U.N. General Assembly on September 20:

"We call on the Turkish side to respect Security Council resolutions and also the High Level Agreements, signed by [Turkish Cypriot leader] Mr. Rauf Denktash himself, which provide for a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation and envision a State with a single sovereignty, single citizenship and a single international personality."

"In the case of Cyprus, numerous resolutions of the General Assembly and the Security Council have yet to be implemented. Contrary to its obligations under the Charter, Turkey shows its defiance by calling for the acceptance of the so-called "realities", brought about by its aggression."

In response to reporters' questions:

"I think on the issue of Cyprus... the cornerstone of any future peace and security is indeed the implementation of the Security Council resolutions."

"If no progress has been achieved so far it is because on the main issues, the positions advocated by the Turkish side are well outside the spirit and the letter of Security Council resolutions."

" The main obstacle is the insistence by Mr. Denktash on two separate sovereignties...The whole of the island of Cyprus belongs equally to both communities and therefore one cannot designate a part of the country to belong to the one community and another part to the other...we are seeking a solution and not a recipe for dissolution."

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