Oral Statement to the Press
by the President of the Security Council
Permanent Representative of France
Mr. Jean-David Levitte
on behalf of the Members of the Security Council
Wednesday, 7 June 2000


Security Council members today heard a briefing by the Secretary-Generalís special Adviser for Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto, on the proximity talks preparing the ground for meaningful negotiations leading to a comprehensive settlement.

This is a matter which the Security Council continues to follow with the closest of interest. The Council has stated repeatedly that the status quo in Cyprus is unacceptable.

Council members welcomed the fact that the first two rounds of talks had been conducted in a positive and constructive atmosphere, and without preconditions. They commended the commitment shown by the participants, and encourage all concerned to continue their efforts towards a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus question on the basis of the relevant resolutions of the Security Council. They looked forward to the continuation of the talks from 5 July.

Council members paid tribute in particular to the efforts of the Secretary-General and his Special Adviser, and conveyed to them the Councilís full support in this important endeavour.

The Council will take early action to renew the UNFICYP mandate.


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