Sakari Tuomioja of finland, the United Nations mediator on Cyprus, held a news conference at the U.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 2: MR. TUOMIOJA: "I have tried to promote a peaceful solution and an agreed settlement of the problem. If it's necessary for that purpose to go outside constitutional restriction, of course I'll have to do it. I hope everything will be all right in three months time, but it may prove to be wishful thinking. The only thing I can say is that my leave of absence from my own home is for six months."
Question: "Do you expect to negotiate with Mr. Denktash, President of the Turkish communal Chamber in cyprus?"
MR. TUOMIOJA: Answer: "Yes. I understand that the first thing to do when my, I try functions is to get in touch with leading political personalities. In principle, or in theory, I have little or nothing to do with the peace-keeping operation, but naturally the calming down submissions certainly are, or I hope will be the result of the presence of the peace-keeping force so that it is a precondition, a prerequisit for the success of my task"
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Background: Sakari Tuomioja of finland, the United Nations mediator on Cyprus, held a news conference at the U.N. headquarters in New York yesterday (Tuesday), and hinted that it may take longer than originally anticipated to solve the conflict on the island.)
He told reporters that the original estimate of three months could extend to six months and would possibly require constitutional changes on Cyprus.
Mr. Tuomioja said that he planned to discuss the conflict with all the political parties involved, including the Turkish Cypriots.