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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>
Wednesday, 1 December 1999
Speaking to the press, prior to his departure, President Clerides said that although there is a hardening of the Turkish stand there is at the same time "an international interest to resolve the Cyprus problem. In a few days we shall see what the intervention of the international community will be and how effective it is", he said.
Asked if he had any assurances that there would be repercussions for the Turkish side if it continued to maintain a hard stand, President Clerides said that there were countries which had pledged that, in the event that Mr Denktash refused to discuss the fundamental aspects of the Cyprus problem, they would denounce him publicly and he would have to suffer the consequences. "This is what we shall expect from these countries if Mr Denktash retracts", he said.
According to a statement by Senior British Foreign Office officials if the forthcoming Cyprus talks are effective, they will pave the way for negotiations leading to a comprehensive solution of the Cyprus problem.
At the same time, if they are successful, the proximity talks will take longer than expected and Britain, like other countries with representatives on Cyprus, will play a helpful role.
In his letter, Mr Eugene Rossides, General Counsel of the Institute, notes that the US "should applaud and support the constructive approach" of the Cyprus government which committed itself to good faith negotiations. Pointing to the delaying tactics and the obstructionism displayed by the Turkish and the Turkish Cypriot side with regard to the negotiations, the letter stresses that a firm and clear statement by the US that it will no longer tolerate Turkey's delaying tactics, will pave the way for a settlement.
Moreover, in his letter Mr Rossides refers to UN Security Council Resolutions 1250 and 1251 (1999) that set out a clear framework for the solution of the Cyprus problem.
Presenting his letters of credence to President Clerides, Mr Witting said his country "shall continue to lend its undiminished support to the ongoing efforts of the UN and its Secretary General to start productive talks and achieve tangible results".
He also noted that he is confident that the European Union enlargement process will positively influence the efforts for a solution to the Cyprus question.
Libya's new Ambassador to Cyprus, Mr Bazelya stressed yesterday that his country "stands for the unity of Cyprus, its territory and people and supports the good offices mission undertaken by the United Nations and its Secretary General".
The British Parliamentarians urge their government "to ensure that the United States' and Britain's altered strategic interests and consideration by the European Union of Turkey as a possible candidate member will provide Ankara with the opportunity to take positive and decisive steps towards ending the division of Cyprus, together with the US, UK, Greece and other members of the EU".
He pointed out that he urged both the Australian Premier Mr Howard and the Foreign Minister Mr Downer to visit Cyprus in order to realize the sufferings of the Cypriot people from the continuous human rights violations in Cyprus by Turkey.
From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/