The new Greek representative to the United Nations, Mr. Denis Caravannis, said on Saturday (27?
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MCU Greek representative speaking
CU Cypriot representative listening
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MCU Turkish representative speaking
CARAVANNIS: "Greece and Turkey have been on the edge of war. War was averted because the ceasefire was accepted. We are now confronted with four days of continued violations. I should not enter into details. Today, news reports and other editorials leave no doubt as to who is violating. I should only like to submit to the honourable representative from Turkey that if his government were not prepared to honour the ceasefire, they should not have accepted it."
OLCAY: "These discussions in Geneva are taking place right now. I had talks with my Foreign Minister just before coming here. Progress is being reported. Hope is being expressed. Therefore, I will repeat what I said at the very beginning: I don't see the purpose which could be served by a meeting today."
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Background: The new Greek representative to the United Nations, Mr. Denis Caravannis, said on Saturday (27 July) the United Nations should help ensure observance of the Cyprus ceasefire.
The 56-year-old diplomat -- Ambassador to Albania from 1971 to 1973 -- was addressing a special session of the U.N. Security Council called by Cypriot representative Zenon Rossides. Mr. Caravannis accused Turkey of ceasefire violations and of extending its hold on Cyprus. A part of his statement is transcribed here.
In what as an inconclusive 96-minute debate, the Turkish representative, Osman Olcay, answered Mr. Caravannis in Kind -- accusing the Greeks of causing the fighting to spread to civilian areas on Cyprus.
Mr. Olcay said the talks in Geneva between Greece, Turkey and Britain should be given a chance to succeed. He said he could not see any useful purpose for the Security Council meeting he was addressing.
Part of his speech is transcribed here.