Cyprus Foreign Minister John Christophides has accused Turkey of trampling on 15 United Nations resolutions aimed at bringing about a peaceful solution to the crisis in Cyprus.
TGV Security Council with delegates seated (MUTE)
CU Cyprus Foreign Minister John Christophides speaking
GV Delegates seated (MUTE)
CU Turkish Cypriot spokesman Mr. Atalay speaking
CHRISTOPHIDES: "The picture Cyprus presents is grim and its component elements remain the 200,000 refugees, the thousands of parents and relatives of those killed in cold blood, and of those missing and unaccounted for, the international crime of the invasion, the continued occupation of nearly forty per cent of the territory of Cyprus and the illegal presence on Cyprus of forty thousand Turkish troops with the untold misery which they cause the Cypriot people - Greek and Turkish alike. These, in broad lines, constitute the drama of the Cypriot people to whom pain, suffering and agony have suddenly become a way of life. Fifteen United Nations resolutions have met with the full contempt of Ankara and have been treated by Turkey as scrap paper, devoid of any value. If I may paraphrase - never in the history of the United Nations have so many resolutions been trampled upon by a single country within such a short time."
ATALAY: "Unfortunately it seems that the Greek side is not sincere in its desire to reach a peaceful and lasting solution towards Cyprus. All their efforts in the past few months have been aimed at undermining the Brussels Accord and the Vienna Agreement and postponing their implementation through he creation of an artificial crisis. The purpose is to force the intercommunal talks into a deadlock and to shift the responsibility for this on the Turkish side. Why? In order to mislead world popular opinion into believing that the Cyprus problem is an issue of an international urgency which threatens world peace and does so to gain support in order to further their own ends. While it is not clear what the Greeks desire for Cyprus the Turkish Cypriot policy is clear. We stand for an independent non-aligned and sovereign republic of Cyprus based on a bi-regional federation and on equality of the two national communities. The events and the bitter experience of the past 20 years, together with the realities which exist in Cyprus today make it imperative for the establishment of a bi-regional federation and this solution is the only practical one left open for the peaceful co-existence of the two communities in Cyprus."
The current debate is expected to continue on Monday and Tuesday (14 & 15 June) and after bitter debate it is expected that the U.N. mandate to keep U.N. peacekeeping forces in Cyprus will be extended for another six months. Both Turkey and Greece are in favour of the extension.
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Background: Cyprus Foreign Minister John Christophides has accused Turkey of trampling on 15 United Nations resolutions aimed at bringing about a peaceful solution to the crisis in Cyprus.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Christophides was speaking during the first session of a new round of talks that opened in the United Nations Security Council on Friday (11 June). He outlined the plight of the Cypriot people.
Afterwards Turkey's spokesman, Nail Atalay, put forward his country's case and fired accusations at Greece for the way it was handling the situation.