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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>
Tuesday, 16 November 1999
The communique calls for the implementation of UN Resolutions on Cyprus and in particular of Resolutions 365,550 and 1251 of the Security Council and for the withdrawal of all Turkish forces and settlers, the return of the refugees to their homes, the restoration and respect for human rights of all Cypriots and the accounting for all missing persons. It emphasises that the demand for recognition of a separate state in the occupied part of Cyprus is unacceptable.
Moreover the Heads of State and Government of the Commonwealth reiterate their deep concern that continued efforts to achieve a just and lasting solution should at last bear fruit, and strongly endorse the UN Security Council's request to the UN Secretary-General to invite the two communities on Cyprus to negotiations under his auspices before the end of 1999.
They noted that these negotiations would be comprehensive and based on the four principles of: no preconditions, all issues on the table, commitment in good faith to continue the negotiations until a settlement is reached, and full consideration of relevant United Nations Resolutions and Treaties. They pledged their full support for the UN Secretary-General in pursuit of this objective, and expressed their warm appreciation of the willingness of the Government of the Republic of Cyprus to respond positively to an invitation to negotiations based on the four principles endorsed by the UN Security Council.
President Clerides stressed the significance of the paragraph in this year's communique rejecting the Turkish demand for recognition of the pseudo-state and expressing support for the return of the refugees to their homes, the accounting for all missing persons and the withdrawal of all Turkish forces from Cyprus.
"We have truly achieved a very strong communique which we must utilise together with other resolutions at the talks", he said.
In his message President Clerides expressed his profound sorrow on the catastrophic earthquake that struck the country and conveyed to the families of the victims his sincere condolences.
President Clinton added that "a negotiated settlement is the best way to meet the fundamental interests of all the parties, including real security for all Cypriots and an end to the island's division".
France welcomes the initiative that will implement the process launched by the G-8 Summit on Cyprus.
France expresses its satisfaction at the acceptance by Messrs Clerides and Denktash of the invitation of the UN Secretary General.
The press release adds that France invites both leaders to meet the challenge of a difficult negotiation that should lead to a comprehensive, just and lasting Cyprus settlement.
Replying to relevant questions on Cyprus submitted in the House of Commons on 11 November 1999, Mr. Vaz added that "measures were taken in October last year to relax some of the restrictions of the Greek Cypriot community and we consider these a step in the right direction. But we have made clear that more should be done",he concluded.
From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/