The United Nations General Assembly has promised to set up a special committee on Cyprus if there is no progress by next March in talks between Greek and Turkish Cypriots.
SV INTERIOR Turkish Permanent representative to UN Orhan Eralp speaking and SV Cyprus delegates listenings (3 shots)
GV Cyprus Foreign Minister Nicos Rolandis speaking in reply
GV President of General Assembly, Salim A. Salim on platform with two others. Salim A. Salim. CU Vote card showing result. Salim gives oral result of vote (3 shots)
ERALP: "Mr. President the purpose of the Greek delegation to come forth with such a draft is manifest, as I have pointed out on several occasions, namely to avoid any progress towards a solution of the Cyprus problem; to internationalise the issue and to bolster the regime of Mr. Kyprianou at home by a show of international support. Mr. Rolandis has frankly admitted to all and sundry that his clique needed a new element of support in the form of a committee of the General Assembly to assuage Greek Cypriot public opinion which is beginning to feel frustrated and annoyed at the deleterious tactics of the Kyprianou regime...a regime which prefers to shy away from negotiations, to parade in international fora in the feathers of the representatives of a sovereign state and to heap vilification on Turkey and the Turks of Cyprus."
ROLANDIS: "Cyprus is an invaded country. This occupation took place against international law and against international justice. So, by condemning the invasion of Turkey, by condemning the occupation of Cyprus, you are actually endorsing justice."
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Background: The United Nations General Assembly has promised to set up a special committee on Cyprus if there is no progress by next March in talks between Greek and Turkish Cypriots. The committee would have the task of implementing U.N. resolutions passed on the question of the occupation of Turkish troops of the northern part of the island since July 1974. The plans for U.N. Committee are included in a resolution passed by the General Assembly after a six-day debate. During the discussions the Cypriot Foreign Minister Nicos Rolandis told the Assembly that by condemning the occupation delegates will help the defence of their own countries. But Turkey's representative Mr. Orhan Eralp, was critical of the draft resolution.
SYNOPSIS: The result of the vote...given by Assembly President Salim Ahmed Salim...overwhelmingly endorsed the resolution, including the withdrawal of all foreign troops. Ninety-nine countries voted for the UN initiative...while only five voted against. There were 35 abstentions.