The United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday (20 November) authorised the setting up of a United Committee on Cyprus if talks between greek and Turkish Cypriots fail to make progress by the end of next March.
SCU Turkey's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Orhan Eralp speaking in English General Assembly
GV Delegates seated in hall
United Kingdom's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Sir Anthony Parsons speaking in English as General Assembly delegates look on (5 shots)
ERALP: "Mr. President, the distinguished Secretary-General arrived at the following conclusion in his report to the General Assembly. And I quote: 'I consider that the chances of reviving the intercommunal talks will depend on keeping it alive and pursuing the path of complete negotiations. It is up to the parties to pursue that process or face the prospect of an indefinite continuation of he status quo.' End quote. My government fully agrees with this assessment of the Secretary-General. We have serious misgivings however as to whether General Assembly resolutions like the one which is now before the assembly, for a decision may be conducive to the revival of concrete and effective negotiations between the two communities."
PARSONS: "My delegations would like to reiterate the call by the representative of Ireland for an early resumption of the intercommunal talks on the basis of the guidelines to which the parties have already agreed in accordance with the proposals made by the Secretary-General and outlined in his report. We also urge both sides to observe in all its aspects, including point six, the ten-point agreement reached at the high-level meeting in May, for there is no substitute for direct negotiations between the two Cypriot communities. It is they who will have to make the settlement, and it is they who will have to live with it. The longer the problem remains unresolved, the deeper the divisions between the two communities will grow and the more embittered the relations between them will become."
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Background: The United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday (20 November) authorised the setting up of a United Committee on Cyprus if talks between greek and Turkish Cypriots fail to make progress by the end of next March. The resolution ended six days of debate on the Mediterranean island. It repeats the main points of drafts passed in previous years--a demand for the withdrawal of all foreign armed forces on the island and a call for the resumption of talks between the two communities. The United Kingdom's representative Sir Anthony Parsons and Turkish representative Mr. Orhan Eralp agreed that the two communities themselves must be committed to the resumption of the peace talks. But Mr. Eralp expressed doubt as to whether the United Nations resolution would help revive what he called "effective negotiations" between the Greek and Turkish factions.
SYNOPSIS: Britain's Sir Anthony Parsons then addressed the delegates.