39.       The UN Security Council Resolution 1250 (1999) sets out the principles for these negotiations: no preconditions; all issues on the table; commitment in good faith to continue to negotiate until a settlement is reached and full consideration of relevant UN resolutions and treaties.

57.       When the Political Affairs Committee held an exchange of views with the Turkish Foreign Minister, Mr Cem, on 21 May 2001, he said that he was pessimistic as regards solving the situation in Cyprus and considered it as the only foreign policy question which was difficult to solve. He considered that the Greek Cypriot side did not want to move forward before becoming a member of the EU. He said that if no solution was found before Cyprus became a member of the EU, Turkey would be obliged to react.