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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 99-12-03

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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>

Friday, 3 December 1999

  • [01] Proximity talks will prepare the ground for meaningful negotiations, says Alvaro de Soto
  • [02] U.N Security Council reiterates that the status quo in Cyprus is unacceptable
  • [03] President Clerides holds contacts in New York
  • [04] New York talks aim at preparing the ground for a comprehensive solution

    [01]

    The UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for Cyprus Mr Alvaro de Soto has said that proximity talks beginning today in New York will prepare the ground for meaningful negotiations leading to a comprehensive settlement.

    Mr de Soto, who was briefing the press yesterday at the UN Headquarters in New York, also said that it would be "adventurous to expect that any agreement is likely to emerge on substantive questions during this round of proximity talks". However, he added, the talks will address the core issues of the Cyprus problem, namely Security, Distribution of Powers, Property and Territory.

    Mr de Soto also announced that the US Presidential Emissary Mr Moses is going to deliver today to the UN Secretary General a letter from President Clinton.

    Asked to define its content Mr de Soto refrained from revealing it, but according to press reports President Clinton's move indicates the importance attached by Washington to the successful conclusion of the talks.

    [02]

    Members of the Security Council yesterday expressed the hope that the parties to the upcoming proximity talks on Cyprus would participate in the discussions "without preconditions and in a constructive spirit".

    "Cyprus is a matter which the Security Council continues to follow with the closest interest", the Council President Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock of the United Kingdom, said in a press statement after the Council heard a briefing on the talks by Alvaro de Soto, the Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Cyprus. "The Council has stated repeatedly that the status quo in Cyprus is unacceptable".

    [03]

    The President of the Republic Mr Glafcos Clerides held yesterday in New York separate meetings with Britain's Special Envoy for Cyprus Sir David Hannay, Greece's envoys to the talks Ambassadors Messrs Sandis and Rodousakis and with the US Delegation consisting of Presidential Emissary Mr Alfred Moses, State Department's Special Co-coordinator Mr.Thomas Weston and US Ambassador to Cyprus Mr Donald Bandler.

    [04]

    Cyprus Government Spokesman Mr Michalis Papapetrou has stressed that President Glafcos Clerides intends to participate in a process which will discuss the core issues of the Cyprus question, namely the constitutional aspect, security, property and territory.

    The Spokesman also said President Clerides got firm assurances from the US and the UN that the proximity talks beginning today in New York will be substantive and will aim at preparing the ground for a comprehensive solution of the Cyprus question.


    From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/


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