Letter to the Speaker of
the House of Representatives and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee Reporting on the Cyprus Conflict
March 18, 1988
Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. Chairman:)
accordance with Public Law 95 - 384, I am submitting to you a bimonthly report
on progress toward a negotiated settlement of the Cyprus question.
Republic of Cyprus held presidential
elections in mid-February 1988 and elected George Vassiliou,
an independent candidate, as President of the Republic for a five-year term. I
sent a message of congratulations to President Vassiliou
noting the friendly, warm relations that exist between our two countries. I
expressed the hope that his election would be the signal for progress in the
search for a lasting, mutually acceptable settlement of the Cyprus problem.
have been recent developments that reinforce my belief that there is an
opportunity at this time to make real progress toward a settlement of the
dispute. The new Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary
General, Mr. Oscar Camilion, arrived in Cyprus shortly after the
election of President Vassiliou and expressed his
hope that there will be progress in the near future. Prior to his departure for
Cyprus, Mr. Camilion met with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
Vernon Walters and with the U.S. Special Cyprus Coordinator M. James Wilkinson.
Our representatives voiced full support for Mr. Camilion's
efforts and for the good offices mission of the U.N. Secretary General.
also have seen the development of a new climate between Greece and Turkey as a result of the
recent meetings between Prime Ministers Papandreou and Ozal.
The two leaders have resolved to increase their cooperation and to work toward
lasting solutions of the issues dividing Greece and Turkey. We welcome this
development and the resultant building of confidence and lessening of tensions
in the area. This new dialogue in the Greek-Turkish relationship can serve as
an example and positive force in the region.
there are thus hopeful signs, it remains for the parties directly involved to
work diligently toward the common goals of peace and justice. Leaders of both
sides face a challenge requiring patience and the exercise of farsighted
statesmanship. I want to reemphasize that the Government and people of the United States of
America remain committed to helping them work toward a
lasting, mutually acceptable settlement.
Note: Identical letters
were sent to Jim Wright, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Claiborne
Pell, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.