The United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim said on Friday (6 June) a decisive phase had been reached in negotiations between Greek and Turkish Cypriot leader over the island's political future.
GV Waldheim and others seated in conference room
SV Waldheim speaking
TRANSCRIPT (SEQ 2): WALDHEIM: "It would be helpful if I put a report to the council that despite all the difficulties the parties have indicated their realisation that an agreed settlement is essential and urgent; that such as settlement must link the vital interests of both communities in account and that to make such a settlement possible both sides have shown their readiness to make the necessary concessions and compromises. I therefore appeal to you to do all that you can to justify the hopes that have been placed on these talks. I should like to hear your own suggestions as to how we might proceed and how we may make the second round a useful and meaningful step towards peace and understanding in Cyprus."
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Background: The United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim said on Friday (6 June) a decisive phase had been reached in negotiations between Greek and Turkish Cypriot leader over the island's political future.
Mr. Waldheim has been presiding over negotiations in Vienna with Greek-Cypriot leader Glafkos Clerides and Turkish Community leader Rauf Denktash.
Turkish-Cypriots will vote on Sunday (8 June) in a referendum on a constitution for their self-proclaimed Turkish Federated State in the north of Cyprus, occupied by the Turkish army last summer.
Reports from Vienna say the Greek-Cypriots have objected to the referendum taking place.
While the Turkish-Cypriots seek an almost complete separation of the two communities in a bizonal federation, the Greek-Cypriots want to regain some of their lost territory and establish a more flexible federation.
Mr. Waldheim said refugees were among subjects discussed as well as questions concerning government powers and territorial distribution between the communities.