Turkey's Ambassador to the United Nations, Mr. Osman Olcay, on thursday (27 February) denied that?
GV INTERIOR United Nations (mute)
SV President Huang Hua (mute)
SV U.S. delegate Scali speaking
SV Soviet delegate Malik seated (mute)
SV Turkish delegate Olcay speaking
(SEQ 3): SCALI: "We urge the government of Greece and Turkey -- two government, two allies whom we value -- and republic of cyprus -- with which we have had a long and friendly relationship -- to respond positively to the timely initiative of the Secretary-general. The discussion in this chamber has gone forward in an atmosphere which demonstrates recognition of the vital fact that there is no substitute for a realistic dialogue when the Security Council deals with the international problems of peace and security."
OLCAY: "Now , upon instruction, I wish to put on record -- once more -- that the government of Turkey has no intention whatsoever to revert to the partition of Cyprus. In fact, as a guarantor of the independence of the Republic of Cyprus, she will strongly resist any efforts that may be made by others to partition or annexed the island."
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part of the speeches by mr. Scali and Mr. Olcay appear on film.
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Background: Turkey's Ambassador to the United Nations, Mr. Osman Olcay, on thursday (27 February) denied that turkey sought partition of Cyprus and stressed that his country would appose any moves to impose partitions.)
The statement followed a call by the United States Ambassador, John Scali, for the Government of Greece, Turkey and Cyprus to work together to find a peaceful solution to the island's problem. Speaking for the first time in the security Council debate on Cyprus, Mr. Scali appealed for a positive response to the peace initiative made by U.N. Secretary-general Kurt Waldheim.
The speeches came as two non-aligned U.N. members -- Guyana and Iraq -- were trying to bridge the gap between the conflicting positions of Turkey, Greece and Cyprus on the Cyprus issue. Their efforts followed the reported failure of western European attempts to produce an acceptable resolution for the security Council. But the negotiations were unsuccessful, and the Security Council then adjourned debate on the issue without seating a date for further public discussion.
Security Council President, Mr. Huang Hua of China, reported that the following day would be given over to private consultation... a date for a resumption of the debate might then be announced.