The United Nations Security Council called on Greece and Turkey on Wednesday (25 August) to resume direct negotiations for a mutually acceptable settlement of their dispute over the Aegean Sea.
GV UN Security Council in session
SV ZOOM IN Greek delegate speaking in French
SV UN Security Council President speaking in English (3 shots)
SV Turkish Foreign Minister Ihsan Caglayangil giving news conference in Turkish with interpreter translating into English
PRESIDENT: "May I propose, that the Council, instead of proceeding to the vote, adopt the draft resolution by consensus. I see no objection. There are no objections, I declare that the draft resolution has been adopted by consensus as resolution 395 976.
INTERPRETER: "It's impossible to solve this problem solely on the basis of legal rules ... on probation. (CAGLAYANGIL) This is evidently a political question. (CAGLAYANGIL) There are two possibilities, either the two countries would get together and jointly explore and exploit the free sources of the sea. (CAGLAYANGIL) Turkey's prepared to do this. (CAGLAYANGIL) But they might disagree, and they might, with political considerations divide the region.
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Background: The United Nations Security Council called on Greece and Turkey on Wednesday (25 August) to resume direct negotiations for a mutually acceptable settlement of their dispute over the Aegean Sea.
SYNOPSIS: The resolution before the 15 nation Council had been tabled by Britain and sponsored by four other countries, including France. The Greek position was put before the Council by the Greek Foreign Minister, Mr. Dimitri Bitsios. Greece had protested about Turkey's exploration for oil in a part of the Aegean over which Athens claims sovereignty. The Greek government had taken its complaint to the Security Council two weeks, ago, but until Wednesday, no statements other than those by the parties had been heard.
Introducing the resolution, the British Ambassador, Mr. Ivor Richards, had said it would not be wholly acceptable to either side. Several countries were thought likely to vote against it, so the President of the Council avoided a straight vote.
Turkey's Foreign Minister, Ihsan Caglayangil, later held a news conference.