United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim announced in Nicos a on Saturday (19 May), that the leaders of the Greek and Turkish communities in Cyprus had reached provisional agreement on reopening negotiations about reuniting the divided island.
SV PAN INTERIOR: United Nations Secretary General Dr Kurt Waldheim walks to rostrum and takes seat
CY: Dr Waldheim speaking in English
WALDHEIM: "This is the text of the agreement reached. It contains ten points. One: it was agreed to resume the intercommunal talks on the fifteenth of June 1979. Point two: the basis for the talks will be the Makarios-Denktash guidelines of the twelfth of February 1977 and the UN resolutions relevant to the Cyprus question. Point three: there should be respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms of all citizens of the Republic. Point four: the talks will deal with all territorial and constitutional aspects. Point five: priority will be given to reaching agreement on the resettlement of Varosha under Un auspices simultaneously with the beginning of the consideration by the interlocutors of the constitutional and territorial aspects of a comprehensive settlement. After agreement on Varosha has been reached it will be implemented without awaiting the outcome of the discussion on other aspects of the Cyprus problems. Point six: it was agreed to abstain from any action which might jeopardize the outcome of the talks, and special importance will be given to initial practical measures by both sides to promote good will, mutual confidence and the return to normal conditions. Point seven: the demilitarisation of the Republic of Cyprus is envisaged, and matters relating thereto will be discussed. Point eight: the independence, territorial integrity and non-alignment of the Republic should be adequately guaranteed against union in whole or in part with any other country and against any form of partition or secession. Point nine: the intercommunal talks will be carried out in a continuing and sustained manner, avoiding any delay. And finally, point ten, the intercommunal talks will take place in Nicosia."
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Background: United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim announced in Nicos a on Saturday (19 May), that the leaders of the Greek and Turkish communities in Cyprus had reached provisional agreement on reopening negotiations about reuniting the divided island. Cypriot President Spyros Kyprianou and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash met for two days of talks chaired by Dr Waldheim, and drew up a ten-point plan for beginning talks that would break two years of deadlock. Although the terms of the agreement were largely non-committal, the proposal indicated progress on one of the most sensitive issues between the two sides, concerning Varosha, a district of Famagusta. Priority has been given to the future resettlement of the suburb which was deserted by Greek Cypriots fleeing south when northern Cyprus was invaded by Turkish troops in 1974.