The United Nations Security Council has voted to extend the time for peace keeping forces to remain in Cyprus.
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PRESIDENT: "Accordingly I put to the vote the draft resolution containing Document S/11301. Fourteen votes in favour ... no votes against ... one abstention. The draft resolution is therefore adopted."
ROSSIDES: "In our present time and age, of the rapidly evolving independent world when there has never as yet been such a widespread recognition of the necessity for unified political and social structures, Cyprus could not be compelled to move aggressively and perilously in the opposite direction. Nor could it do so without dire consequences to its people and to the cause of peace. In an age of evolving integration, Cyprus can not driven to its internal disintegration."
OLCAY: "In 1968 when the inter-communal talks started, there were no terms of reference for these talks. They were conducted without any preconditions in an exploratory manner. Against this background it is a grave mistake for anyone to think that the idea of a unitary state was ever accepted by the Turkish side as a framework of discussions. The fact that the former Secretary General has made several statements which I consider unfortunate, about these inter-communal talks, which he should not have in the first place without previously engaging the agreement of the parties, could not impose a framework for the inter-communal talks which started much before the first of those statements.
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Background: The United Nations Security Council has voted to extend the time for peace keeping forces to remain in Cyprus. They will remain for another six months after 15 June. The vote was 14 to nil with one abstention. It was taken Wednesday (29 May). In a speech to the Council, the Cyprus Ambassador to the United Nations, Mr. Zenon Rossides expressed the hope that Cyprus could move towards a workable Government which would include the minority Turkish Cypriot community. The Turkish Ambassador, Mr. Osman Olcay said that it was a grave mistake to think the Turkish side ever accepted a unitary state as a framework for discussion. This film contains the vote with the President of the Council, Mr. Maina announcing the result and speech by the Ambassadors from Cyprus and Turkey. A transcript follows.