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    The United Nations Security Council on Friday (13 June) approved a six month extension for the United Nations peace-keeping force in Cyprus.

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    GV PAN INT. UN President speaking

    PAN TO Secretary General speaking

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 1: PRESIDENT: "I now put to the vote the draft resolution contained in document S/11725 (indistinct). Would those in favour please raise their hands. Thank you. Those opposed? Abstentions? The result of the voting is as follows: The draft resolution received 14 votes in favour, none against and no abstentions. One member of the council did not participate in the vote. The resolution has therefore been adopted. Now that the Security Council has concluded its voting procedure, I submit the floor to the Secretary General, who has expressed the wish to make a statement. I recognise the Secretary General."

    SEQ 2: SECRETARY GENERAL: "Mr. President, I have noted with care the terms of the resolution which the council has just adopted. In particular I have noted paragraph six in which the council requests me to continue with the (indistinct) entrusted to me by paragraph six of Resolution 367. I wish to assure the council that I shall continue to do my best to achieve progress in this very complex and difficult mission. However, I do not wish to conceal from the council my concern at the absence of progress in the substance of the problem. In spite of all our efforts in Vienna, the basic differences of approach which I have described in my report, persist. I very much hope that all concerned will make the maximum effort to find an agreed basis for progress in the weeks and months to come. I know that this is in line with the views of the members of the council and I shall do my best to give every possible assistance to this end. I thank you Mr. President."

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    Background: The United Nations Security Council on Friday (13 June) approved a six month extension for the United Nations peace-keeping force in Cyprus. The force has been on the island for 11 years.

    The council's resolution urged both parties to "act with the utmost restraint and to continue and accelerate determined co-operative efforts to achieve the objectives of the Security Council".

    After the resolution was passed, the UN Secretary General, Kurt Waldheim, said he was concerned at lack of progress on reaching a Cyprus settlement and called for Greek and Turkish Cypriots to speed up talks.

    Mr. Waldheim, who had just returned to New York after having talks with leaders of the two communities in Vienna, told the council in a statement that in spite of all efforts, the differences in approach persisted.

    The Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders will resume talks in Vienna on July 24.

    This ??? includes the Security Council President's announcement of the resolution vote, and the Secretary General's speech. A transcript follows:

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