26 September 2013 The “unacceptable” situation that Cyprus finds itself in – still divided after 40 years of numerous Security Council resolutions that call for its reunification – is an example of the harm that can result from the non-enforcement of United Nations decisions, the president of the island nation told the General Assembly today.
“Should decisions or resolutions based on international law or condemning violations of human rights not be implemented or enforced….regional differences and conflicts can indefinitely be prolonged, serving the petty interests and expedience of their perpetrators, President Nicos Anastasiades, told the high-level debate of the Assembly’s 68th session, now in its third day and set to wrap up on 1 October.
The UN has been facilitating talks between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leadership, with a view to the eventual establishment of a federal government with a single international personality, consisting of a Turkish Cypriot Constituent State and a Greek Cypriot Constituent State, each of equal status.
The UN has maintained a peacekeeping force on the island (UNFICYP) since 1964, when inter-communal fighting erupted.
On the sidelines of the Assembly, on Monday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and President Anastasiades met to discuss talks on preparations for the resumption of negotiations aimed at achieving a comprehensive settlement.
“A comprehensive settlement is not only desirable, but should not be further delayed,” Mr. Anastasiades said in his remarks today, calling on Turkey and his Turkish Cypriot compatriots to become partners in the effort for the reunification of a peaceful, secure and prosperous homeland.”
Welcoming the positive response of Turkey to his proposals on meetings, he expressed hope that the response will be followed up through “practical and substantial steps and the adoption of a constructive attitude, guided by good faith.”
President Anastasiades is one of scores of leaders to speak at the annual General Assembly session at which heads of State and Government and other high-level officials will present their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance.
The President is one of scores of leaders to speak at the annual General Assembly session at which heads of State and Government and other high-level officials will present their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance.
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