Greek and Turkish Cypriots began informal discussions in Vienna on Monday (28 April) aimed at finding a solution to the Cyprus problem.
SV Denktash, Clerides and Waldheim entering conference room and take seats
SV Waldheim PAN TO Denktash
SV Waldheim speaks
SV Denktash speaks
SV Clerides speaks
TRANSCRIPT (SEQ 3) WALDHEIM: "I'm sure that I can count upon your close co-operation in responding to this request of the Security Council. I know that you share the zeal which the members of the Council ... the feeling of urgency concerning the necessity of making progress towards the peaceful settlement of the problem of Cyprus. I also know how difficult are the problems which face the leaders of both communities in their effort to reach a discord. I'm convinced however that we must embark on this new effort with the conviction that an agreed solution is not only possible but would also be in the best interests of all the people of Cyprus."
SEQ 4: DENKTASH: "And I hope that in these talks, Mr. Clerides and I will be able to find the avenue which will lead in the right direction towards a just solution."
SEQ 5: CLERIDES: "We have come to this Conference with good will, flexibility, and will make every effort to bring about a just solution to the Cyprus ??? which could be freely accepted by both communities and thus provide a permanent peace in Cyprus."
Initials CL/0115 CL/0152
EDITORS NOTE: This film contains extracts from the opening speeches of Waldheim, Denktash and Clerides.
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Background: Greek and Turkish Cypriots began informal discussions in Vienna on Monday (28 April) aimed at finding a solution to the Cyprus problem.
The talks, scheduled to last about a week, began late as the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Dr. Kurt Waldheim, and the Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders, Mr. Glafkos Clerides and Mr. Rauf Denktash prepared opening statements.
The United Nations called the talks because of lack of progress in attempts to settle the dispute on the island.
Talks between the two community leaders broke down in February after Turkish Cypriots proclaimed an autonomous state in the northern half of the island.
Forty thousand Turkish troops are still stationed there after last summer's invasion.
The first working session of the present talks lasted about fifty minutes.