Letter to the Speaker of
the House of Representatives and the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee Reporting on the Cyprus Conflict
December 7, 1988
Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. Chairman:)
accordance with Public Law 95 - 384, I am submitting to you this bimonthly
report on progress toward a negotiated settlement of the Cyprus question.
am pleased to note that the Cyprus intercommunal
negotiating process is continuing under the auspices of U.N. Secretary General
Perez de Cuellar. Numerous sessions were held in October and early November,
and the Secretary General hosted a meeting in New York November 22 - 23 to
review the progress of the talks. I commend the Secretary General and the
leaders of the two communities for their determination in striving for a
solution to the conflict.
Cyprus Coordinator M. James Wilkinson visited Cyprus from October 24 - 26
and consulted with the parties, U.N. officials, and others. Mr. Wilkinson was
encouraged by the willingness of the two Cypriot leaders to engage candidly
with each other in a discussion of very difficult issues and problems. The
numerous meetings held in September, October, and November attest to the fact
that a committed effort is being made to listen, understand, and move toward
resolution of serious differences. Mr. Wilkinson also reaffirmed our strong
backing for the continuation of the intercommunal
United Nations hosted an open house in Nicosia on October 24, which
brought together members of the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities. We
continue to encourage personal contact between members of the two communities,
which helps to foster progress toward a lasting solution on the island.
on two occasions entered into the buffer zone. Such activities hinder UNFICYP's efforts to maintain the peace on the island and
place the U.N. Force in a difficult position. We urge the Cypriot communities
to cooperate fully with UNFICYP in the execution of its mandate from the U.N.
would like to reiterate my admiration and appreciation for the efforts of
United Nations personnel in Cyprus, particularly the
United Nations Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). The Force remains an important factor
in maintaining peace in Cyprus, providing an
atmosphere of calm that permits the continuation of the search for a just and
lasting solution to the dispute. Regrettably, the accumulated operating deficit
for UNFICYP continues to grow. The U.N. Secretary General now estimates that
the shortfall will reach $167 million by the end of 1988. I join the Secretary
General in urging the U.N. member nations to help reduce this deficit by
contributing to the Force's operating budget.
Note: Identical letters
were sent to Jim Wright, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Claiborne
Pell, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.