The United Nations General Assembly on Friday (1 November) unanimously adopted a resolution urging the speedy withdrawal of all foreign troops from Cyprus.
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PETRIC: of particular importance is the clear demand for speedy with-drawel of all armed forces -- foreign military presence and personnel -- from the republic of Cyprus. For us, it goes without shying that the republic of Cyprus and of its two committees must participate in all negotiations and in every testament."
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Background: The United Nations General Assembly on Friday (1 November) unanimously adopted a resolution urging the speedy withdrawal of all foreign troops from Cyprus. The Assembly said it considered the constitutional future of the Island to be the concern of the island's ethnic Greek and Turkish communities.
The resolution -- adopted by 117 votes to none without abstentions -- came at the end of a week-long debate. Turkey in effect agreed to withdraw from the Island by voting in favour of "the seedy withdrawal of all foreign armed forces and foreign military presence and personnel."
The resolution called for the talks to continue towards a mutually acceptable political settlement and commended the contacts and negotiations taking place between Greek representative, Mr. Glafkos Clerides and his Turkish counterpart, Mr. Rauf Denktash.
This film shows Syrian delegate Kelani, Chinese delegate Huang Hua and Yugoslav Ambassador Petric speaking in favour of the resolution.
A transcript of part of Mr. Petric's statement follows.
SYNOPSIS: The United Nations General Assembly on Friday continued its debate on the Cyprus issue. The debate had gone on for a week and had reached a point where a draft resolution was to be put to the vote.
Syrian delegate Kelani was one of the many speakers who called for the withdrawal of foreign forces from Cyprus. When the draft resolution was put to the vote on Friday night, it was passed unanimously, without abstentions.
All speakers supported the speedy withdrawal of all foreign troops from Cyprus. The General Assembly said it considered the constitutional future of the island to be the concern of the island's ethnic Greek and Turkish communities. Turkey, by voting in favour of the resolution, agreed to withdraw from the occupied area of Cyprus. The resolution called area of Cyprus. The resolution called for talks to continue towards a political settlement. Yugoslav Ambassador Petric called for troop withdrawals and further negotiations between Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders.