25 October 1995

Doc. 7423


Reply to Recommendation 1259 (1995) on the situation in Cyprus (recent political developments) (adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 17 October 1995 at the 547th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies)

1.       The Committee of Ministers informs the Parliamentary Assembly that the reply which follows was adopted by a majority as provided by Article 20 (d) of the Statute.

2.       The Committee of Ministers has studied with close attention Recommendation 1259 (1995) of the Parliamentary Assembly on the situation in Cyprus (recent political developments). The Assembly's interest in the question is shared by the Committee of Ministers.

3.       The situation in Cyprus remains permanently on the agenda of the Ministers' Deputies, and there is common ground between the Committee of Ministers and the Assembly concerning the need to support the efforts of the Secretary General of the United Nations, in the form, inter alia, of the "set of ideas" of August 1992, and also subsequent proposals for confidence-building measures designed to create a new climate, more favourable to the negotiating process, with a view to finding a just and lasting solution to the Cyprus problem.

4.       While recognising that the search for a settlement of the Cyprus problem must continue to lie with Secretary General Butros Ghali, to whose untiring efforts it pays tribute, the Committee of Ministers will continue to follow the situation in that country, being a Council of Europe member state, with the closest interest.

5.       The Committee of Ministers has noted with satisfaction the decision of 6 March 1995 of the European Union on its future relations with Cyprus.

6.       It would also be ready, if invited to do so, to make a practical contribution, as called for by the Assembly in its Recommendation, to efforts to establish a climate of trust, for example in such fields as culture, education, youth and sport, in the interests of promoting a just and lasting solution to the Cyprus question in accordance with relevant UN Resolutions and high level agreements.

7.       The Committee of Ministers considers that a situation such as is still prevailing in this member state should be an anachronism in an era characterised by the breaking down of barriers and in a Europe in search of greater unity.