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    The United Nations Security Council last night voted unanimously for a ceasefire in Cyprus -- just 18 hours after the start of the Turkish invasion.

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    GV UN Building and flag (3 shots)

    SV INT Waldheim speaks.

    SV Soviet delegate speaking in Russian.

    SV US Delegate speaking.

    SV President of Security Council speaking and calling for vote and members voting and result announced (5 shots)

    DR. WALDHEIM: "An enormous responsibility has now fallen to the Security Council -- the responsibility for putting a halt to the fighting, for preventing further escalation and for finding a way in which we can begin to restore the peace. In this situation, I appeal to the parties in conflict to put a halt immediately to the devastating battle which is now going on and to co-operate with the (United Nations Peacekeeping Force) in its efforts to limit the fighting and to protect the civilian population. The hopes of the world are now centred on this Council. Let us not fail in our duty. I thank you."

    SCALI: "It is in the interests of the people of Cyprus, as well as of those of Greece and Turkey and all members of this Council, that Cyprus not become a military battle ground. The United States will continue to work with all its strength for this goal. We urge the governments of Greece and Turkey to display to this Council the maximum spirit of restraint and compromise in the interests of peace."

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    Background: The United Nations Security Council last night voted unanimously for a ceasefire in Cyprus -- just 18 hours after the start of the Turkish invasion. The Council called for negotiations between Turkey, Greece and Britain to restore peace and a constitutional government to Cyprus.

    Under the terms of the resolution, the Council was calling for the withdrawal of not only the Turkish forces, but also the 650 Greek Officers in the Cyprus National Guard -- the force which headed last Monday's coup against President Makarios.

    Archbishop Makarios, in New York where he had earlier addressed the Council, said he was satisfied with the resolution. Turkey, Greece and Britain are jointly responsible for maintaining the independence of Cyprus.

    Before adopting their resolution, the Council heard a report from United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim.

    Another speaker, represented in this coverage, was Soviet Ambassador Vasily Safronchuk, who accused the Athens Government of being responsible for the crisis by masterminding Monday's coup. He called for the restoration of the Makarios Government and an end to military intervention.

    United States Ambassador John Scali also said that Greece must bear a heavy responsibility for events in Cyprus, but added that foreign intervention of any kind was indefensible:

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