Security Council supports continuing peace efforts for Cyprus.


The Security Council on 12 March called on the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus to pursue their efforts to reach freely a mutually acceptable solution of the problem, providing for a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation, in line with their 1977 and 1979 high-level agreements. In those agreements, the leaders had pledged themselves to establish a bi-communal Federal Republic of Cyprus that would safeguard its independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and non-alignment, and exclude union, in whole or in part, with any other country and any form of partition or secession.

The Council acted following talks in New York between 26 February and 2 March between SecretaryGeneral javier Perez de Cuellar and the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communitiesPresident George Vassiliou of Cyprus and Rauf Denktash.

Afterwards, a spokesman for the Secretary-General reported no progress on drafting an outline of an overall agreement-the main objective of the talks. "Given the high expectations which have been disappointed by the inability to make progress, the Secretary-General appealed to both leaders not to say or do anything that could aggravate the situation in Cyprus", the statement added.

In resolution 649 (1990), adopted unanimously, the Council called on the two leaders to co-operate, on an equal footing, with the SecretaryGeneral in completing, "in the first instance and on an urgent basis", an outline of an overall agreement as agreed in june 1989.

The Secretary-General was asked to pursue his mission of' good offices to achieve the earliest possible progress and to assist the two communities by making suggestions to facilitate the discussions". The Council fully supported the Secretary-General's effort in carrying...

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