The United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim opened d new effort in Vienna on Tuesday (17 February) with Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders to find a lasting political settlement in Cyprus -- divided by communal tensions for twelve years.
SV U.N. Secretary-General Waldheim at table PAN TO Turkish Cypriot leader Mr. Denktash
SV Greek Cypriot leader Mr. Clerides, ZOOM OUT TO GV OF Waldheim (centre), Denktash (left) and Clerides (right)
SV Denktash seated
GV Waldheim speaking (2 shots)
This film includes a statement in English by United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, a transcript of which follows:
WALDHEIM: "I would consider it unrealistic to expect these discussions, resumed after an interruption of five months, to be conclusive on all salient points during this round of talks. However, I hope that our discussions will be meaningful and productive and I am confident that I shall have your full co-operation and support in this regard. In the light of our discussions here, I would propose before the end of this round to examine with you the best method of proceeding future with the process of negotiation. We should be able to move forward in the direction of a mutually acceptable political settlement with which both sides can live and even prosper and which will enable the people of both communities to find forbearance and understanding in their relation with each other. After the sufferings and tragedies of the past, we owe it to the people of Cyprus to strive for that goal."
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Background: The United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim opened d new effort in Vienna on Tuesday (17 February) with Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders to find a lasting political settlement in Cyprus -- divided by communal tensions for twelve years.
In an opening statement, Mr. Waldheim made three main points: it would be unrealistic to expect the latest round of talks to be entirely successful; however, he hoped they would still be productive with both sides co-operating. Finally, Mr. Waldheim said that he hoped that further negotiation would lead to a mutually acceptable political settlement.
Attending the talks for the Greek Cypriot community was Mr. Glafkos Clerides. Representing the Turkish controlled Cypriot community was Mr. Rauf Donktash. Both were reported to be still holding to basic bargaining positions as the session opened.
The Vienna meeting is the fifth round of talks to be held by Turkish an Greek-Cypriot community leaders since Mr. Waldheim launched the latest U.N. backed negotiations 10 months ago. The last round of talks broke down in New York last September. For the latest talks, Mr. Waldheim said that the leaders had agreed to return to the negotiating table without pre-conditions.
The two communities, involved in bitter fighting 19 months ago, have been deadlocked over Turkish demands for a two-zone federation under a weak central government. The Greek community has refused to consider such a solution until the Turks agree to give up territory seized in the 1974 fighting when Turkish troops moved onto the island.
According to U.N. official spokesmen, both Turkish ad Greek negotiators were now ready for substantive discussion on three main questions: territory; federation and the powers of a future central government.
Both sides were reported as anxious to keep the negotiations going. United States military aid to Turkey has been dependent on progress towards a Cyprus settlement -- and Athens is also seeking agreement with the U.S. on the future of American bases in Greece.
Neither Mr. Denktash nor Mr. Clerides made opening statements as the talks started.