Leaders of the Greek and Turkish communities on Cyprus yesterday (May 3) expressed guarded hope that they were making progress towards a settlement on the island.
LV INT (left to right) Denktash, Waldheim and Clerides seated
CU Waldheim speaking
CU Denktash speaking
CU Clerides speaking
TRANSCRIPTS: (SEQ 2): WALDHEIM: "We have made progress in the procedural field, after a brief discussion of the division of power between a Central Federal Government and regional authorities. It was decided to establish a committee which would study all the aspects of this important problem, and to report back the results to us when we meet again at the beginning of June here in Vienna."
(SEQ 3): DENKTASH: "The problem is complex and difficult, but I don't think the complexities and the difficulties should discourage us from seeking a fair, just and permanent solution. We must surmount the difficulties. We must find peace."
(SEQ 4): CLERIDES: "I believe that the split which has been established in these talks, the useful exchange of views that has taken place on substantive matters, will new give us a clearer picture of what each side has in mind, and with the promise we have given that at our next meeting we will come fully prepared for a substantial discussion, we might find that we will make progress."
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Background: Leaders of the Greek and Turkish communities on Cyprus yesterday (May 3) expressed guarded hope that they were making progress towards a settlement on the island.
After winding up their final session of talks with United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, Greek-Cypriot leader Glafkos Clerides and Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash discussed progress at a news conference, in Vienna.
They had managed to find one major point of agreement -- on reopening Nicosia International Airport. But they weren't able to reach a compromise over the resettlement of the island's 200,000 refugees.
Nevertheless, both sides have been considering a new administrative system, that would help both communities live in peace in separate areas under a central government. They'll be discussing it further when the talks resume early next month.