Statement by the President of the Security Council
Permanent Representative of Colombia
Ambassador Alfonso Valdivieso
18 December, 2002
On 18 December the members
of the Security Council, in the presence of the Secretary-General, heard a
report from the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus on the
negotiations that have taken place in recent months, in pursuance of the mission
entrusted to the Secretary-General by the Security Council in its resolution
1250, aimed at achieving agreement on a comprehensive settlement to the Cyprus
problem which takes full account of relevant Security Council resolutions.
The members of the Council commended the Secretary-General for the
initiatives he had taken in November and December 2002 to bridge the gaps
between the two sides and to enable them to reach an agreement. They expressed
the view that the proposal put forward on 11 November as revised on 10 December
offered an unique opportunity to reach a settlement in the coming weeks.
3. They regretted that the Turkish Cypriot leadership had not responded in a timely way to the initiatives of the Secretary-General; and they called for its constructive efforts to reach a settlement in conformity with the timetable proposed by the Secretary-General.
They welcomed the willingness of both sides to continue the
negotiations in the period ahead. They underlined the importance of intensifying
the negotiations so that full agreement could be reached before 28 February
2003, in conformity with the timetable proposed by the Secretary-General in his
proposals. They urged both sides to work on the basis of the
Secretary-Generalís revised proposals of 10 December.
The members of the Council drew attention to the unique opportunity
that existed for the settlement of this long-running problem; and to the
benefits for all concerned from so doing, so that all Cypriots can benefit from
6. The members of the Council expressed their full support for the continuation of the Secretary-Generalís mission of good offices and his efforts to bring about a settlement in the first two months of 2003.
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