INTRODUCTION: Greek lawyer and politician Mr George Mavros, President of the Democratic Centre Union and leader of Greece's major parliamentary opposition has said that the meeting last week between Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders Archbishop Makarios and Rauf Denktash offers little in the way of grounds for optimism for an early settlement of the Cyprus problem.
SCU: GREEK Parliamentary opposition leader Mr George Mavros speaking.
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 1) MAVROS: "The Cyprus problem is not a dispute between Greece and Turkey. So the two guarantor powers of the Treaty of London have no possibility to impose to Cyprus. Any settlement of the Cyprus problem is an international problem of immense dimensions since Cyprus is a member of the United Nations non-aligned - and at the same time a member of the Commonwealth. The talks which started yesterday between Archbishop Makarios and Denktash must be regarded with great reserve. No optimism is justified so far. From what I know Mr Denktash remained in his known positions. The Cyprus issue must be settled within the framework of United Nations resolutions which include a federation, the return of refugees to their homes, strong central government to safeguard the non-aligned policy of the island and the withdrawal of the Turkish forces - all foreign forces -- from the island. The negotiations between the two communities is the right way and in the final analysis it is up to President Makarios and the Turkish community in Cyprus to decide -- but on the one condition that President Makarios is negotiating freely, not under duress, nor under the pressure of the occupation of the major part of the island by the Turkish forces. I have always supported the idea of an international conference on Cyprus, I am not at all optimistic that this will happen because Turkey will never accept that -- as they refused in August 74 when for the first time the idea of an international conference was forwarded. But Cyprus, Greece and all of us should always seek any means which could lead to the enforcement -- to the implementation of the resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly and an international conference on Cyprus would be a tremendous help to that direction.
Archbishop Makarios and Mr Denktash met for the first time in almost 14 years on Thursday (27 January), on neutral ground controlled by the United Nations peace-keeping forces in Cyprus. They are scheduled to meet again next month.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Greek lawyer and politician Mr George Mavros, President of the Democratic Centre Union and leader of Greece's major parliamentary opposition has said that the meeting last week between Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders Archbishop Makarios and Rauf Denktash offers little in the way of grounds for optimism for an early settlement of the Cyprus problem. In an exclusive statement to Visnews Mr Mavros, who played a major role in negotiations during the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1975, said that Cyprus should be treated as an international problem and a solution found within the framework of United Nations resolutions.