The leaders of the Turkish and Greek communities in Cyprus have been at the United Nations.
CU Mr. Rauf Denktash speaking at United Nations (in English)
SV INT Mr. Spyros Kyprianou is greeted inside UN foyer by Chief of Protocal at UN of behalf of Secretary General
SV Demonstrators holding Cyprus Federation banner
CU Mr. Kyprianou speaking to newsmen (in English)
DENKTASH: "I believe that if we tackle the problem with Mr. Kyprianou in goodwill, if we keep the dialogue going, it will help us to understand each other's difficulties. We stand to gain and not to lose if we come together. It is difficult for us to understand why we are being shunned. Our proposals can only them. The degree of our concessions can only be measured and appreciated if we discuss them together. Negotiations through (indistinct) can bring no result. We are in one and the same island. We have both said that we are aiming at establishing a bi-zonal federal republic. The way to bring this about is to sit and talk man to man, community to community. We are all for the beginning of the dialogue. Help us achieve it. That is why I am here, because the Greek-Cypriot leaders believe that this country through its leaders and the congress is with them for the non-start of inter-communal negotiations."
KYPRIANOU: "The recent proposals which Turkey has put forward through Mr. Denktash are an offer for us to surrender, an offer for us to commit suicide and as I have said we will never commit suicide and we are entitled to the same rights, to the same rights as an independent state member of the United Nations like every other member. So I think the time has come after four years that world public opinion must pressurise Turkey to a much more possible degree to abandon the totally unacceptable policy she is following with regard to Cyprus."
Mr. Denktash said talks with President Kyprianou could take place with or without U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim. A meeting would end over a year's break in talks between the Turkish-Cypriots and Greek-Cypriots. President Kyprianou has suggested the U.N. Security Council could form a committee to monitor implementation of U.N. resolution calking for a Turkish troops withdrawal from the northern third of the island and ret of an estimated 200,000 Greek Cypriots to their homes there. He has a mentioned a Soviet proposal for an international conference as a possible alternative.
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Background: The leaders of the Turkish and Greek communities in Cyprus have been at the United Nations. The Turkish-Cypriot leader, Mr. Rauf Denktash, said he wanted to meet Greek-Cypriot President Spyros Kyprianou to renew talks on setting differences between the two communities on the divided island.
SYNOPSIS: The Greek-Cypriot leader, President Spyros Kyprianou, who arrived at the United Nations on Saturday (20 May), the day after Mr. Denktash's speech, said his government had reached some initial decisions on alternative to the fruitless talks on the Cyprus problem. Some demonstrators protested against his previous stance.