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    The United Nations Security Council has been debating the Cyprus question once again at the request of the island's government, which has appealed to the Council to demand the withdrawal of Turkish troops.

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    SCU INTERIOR Cypriot Foreign Minister Ionnis Christophides addressing United Nations Security Council in debate on Cyprus (ENGLISH)

    SV Greek Permanent Representative at the U.N., George Papoulias addressing Council (FRENCH)

    SV Turkish Cypriot community representative Vedat Celik addressing Council (ENGLISH)

    TV Security Council in session

    SV Turkish Permanent Representative to U.N. Ilter Turkmen addressing Council (ENGLISH)

    CHRISTOPHIDES: "Mr. President, the Turkish Government's decision to proceed with the decolonisation of the new town of Famagusta, announced by the Turkish Premier, Mr. Ecevit, on the 20th July, 1977, and given tangible expression by an on-the-spot visit by the then Deputy Premier of Turkey, Mr. Unes, has been the climax of the Turkish policy of contempt and disregard towards the United Nations resolutions on Cyprus."

    CELIK: "The Greek Cypriots must realise that the Cyprus problem cannot be solved by undue recourses to the United Nations and other international organisations. The Cyprus problem can best be solved through meaningful negotiations between the two communities. Mr. President, as I have already stated, the Turkish Cypriot side is always ready to start negotiations with a view to finding a realistic solution. A realistic solution is one which recognises for the Turkish Cypriot community their suffering up till now; equal rights as the Greek Cypriots; a solution that will ensure equal status for the Turkish Cypriot community; and provide for its effective and equal participation in the government and administration of the future federal state."

    MUTE Turkey's permanent representative Ilter Turkmen said calling the debate was part of an internal power struggle among Greek Cypriots.

    TURKMEN: "One may ask what has happened since June 15th to justify a request for an urgent meeting of the Security Council. The answer is nothing. The island continues to enjoy unprecedented calm and tranquillity. The only important event that marked this period was the death of Archbishop Makarios. This has opened the way to a power struggle which has not yet been resolved, and it seems that the recourse to the Council is part of the tactics employed by one faction to prove that it is more activist and more militant than the others."

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    Background: The United Nations Security Council has been debating the Cyprus question once again at the request of the island's government, which has appealed to the Council to demand the withdrawal of Turkish troops. But Turkey says the debate is unnecessary. The complaint was prompted by a recent decision by Turkey to open up the previously-sealed area of Famagusta to settlement by Turkish Cypriots. Turkey has occupied the richer northern area of the island since 1974. Opening the latest debate on Wednesday (31 August), Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Christophides said Turkey was in breach of previous U.N. Resolutions on Cyprus.

    SYNOPSIS Speaking in French, the Greek Permanent Representative at the United Nations, Mr. George Papoulias, told the Security Council that the negative attitude shown by Turkey towards Cyprus contrasted sharply with the feelings expressed many times by the Greek side. He made special mention of a letter written on the 23rd August to a United Nations special representative by Greek Cypriot negotiator Mr. Papadopoulos.

    Mr. Papoulias also praised the efforts of U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, but Cypriot Community representative Vedat Celik said the United Nations was not the place to solve the Cyprus problem.

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