The Cyprus Government expressed satisfaction
with Security Council Resolution 1303


 June 30, 2000

The Cyprus Government has expressed satisfaction with Security Council resolution 1303 renewing for a further six-month period the mandate of the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) and made it clear that all its attention now was put on the resumption of the UN-proximity talks on July 5 in Geneva. 

Resolution 1303 was adopted unanimously by the members of the Security Council on June 15 after the Cyprus Government gave its consent following a diplomatic battle not to include an addendum to the Secretary-General’s report with a Turkish Cypriot demand for separate consultations with UNFICYP. The Cyprus Government strongly opposed the inclusion of the addendum to the report because it said it was part of efforts by the Turkish Cypriot side to secure recognition of the illegal regime unilaterally set up in the areas of Cyprus occupied by Turkish troops since 1974.  



On June 29 the Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash announced measures against the UN peace-keeping force which come in retaliation t the non-inclusion of an addendum to the UN Secretary-General’s latest report for the renewal of UNFICYP with a Turkish Cypriot demand for separate consultations with the force. The Cyprus Government expressed regret with the measures underlining that they are not in line with UN decision. the Government Spokesman Mr. Papapetrou called on the international community to question these measures, which the government is examining both in their political and legal context. “Denktash’s decision is contrary to and undermines Security Council decisions on Cyprus” Mr. Papapetrou said.

The measures force UNFICYP soldiers to pass into the areas occupied by Turkey only through a single point, to insure their vehicles with “Turkish Cypriot insurance companies” and pay the illegal regime for the water and electricity they use in camps in the occupied part. The Turkish Cypriot leader announced the measures only a few days before a third round of proximity talks begins in Geneva, on July 5. The Spokesman said “the Cyprus Government will complain and make representations, as it already has..” and he added that the government is in contact with the UN to which it conveys its views.


A joint communique by Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders issued on June 29 announced a decision to organize a “festival of mutual understanding” in September to promote communication and a spirit of understanding between the island’s two communities. The parties also announced they will set up a coordinating committee to deal with details of the festival and said they would meet again in August at the Ledra Palace hotel, in the UN-controlled buffer zone in Nicosia.

The meeting was organized by the embassy of the Slovak Republic and the communique was read to the press by the Slovak Ambassador Mr. Dusan Rozbora. He said that the parties “continued an exchange of ideas on certain practical issues of contacts between the two communities as well as exchange views on the various aspects of the Cyprus problem.”

“In an effort to promote communication and the spirit of understanding between the two communities, they agreed to organize a festival of mutual understanding in September 2000 at the Ledra Palace,” the Ambassador added.

Greek Cypriot participation included, among other representatives, Panayiotis Demetriou of the Democratic Rally, AKEL General Secretary Demetris Christofias, President of the Democratic Party Spyros Kyprianou, Movement of Social Democrats’ Leader Vassos Lyssarides and from the United Democrats part Michalis Papapetrou.

On the part of the Turkish Cypriot parties Serdar Denktash and Rauf denktash (grandson of Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash) from the Democratic Party, Mehmet Ali Talt from the Republic Turkish Party, Gungor Gunkan from the Communal Liberation party and Alpay Durduran from the Patriotic Unity Movement.


Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides said that the Cypriots participate in the mourning of the people of Syria over the death of their President, Hafez al-Assad on June 10.  

In a message of condolences which was sent to Haysam Douehi, Minister to the President of the Syrian Arab Republic, President Clerides notes that “it was with profound grief that we received the sad news of the passing away of the great leader of Syria, President Hafez alAssad who for many years led the people of Syria with great dedication and wisdom.”

 “Please convey to his family my condolences and sympathy. The people of Cyprus participate in the mourning of the people of Syria. May he rest in peace, concludes President Clerides.

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