21 October 1996
Mr Argyros George Argyrou
Dear Mr Argyrou,
Thank you for your letter of 13 October to the Foreign Secretary
I very much share your sense of anger and frustration at ht
recent killing of Mr Kakoulias on 13 October. We have unreservedly
condemned this killing. We have pressed both sides to exercise
restraint and calm, and have made further representations in Ankara
in an effort to urge restraint among Turkish military commanders
on the ground. The killing of an unarmed civilian is totally unacceptable.
During talks with the leaders of both communities last week, Sir
David Hannay, the Government's Special Representative for Cyprus
and our High Commissioner pressed both sides to look again at
measures to prohibit the use of live ammunition at front line
posts and to extend the 1989 unmanning agreement as called for
in UN Security Council Resolutions.
The successful resolution of the intercommunal dispute in
Cyprus can only come about through direct negotiations between
the leaders of both Cypriot communities. The Guarantor Powers,
including Turkey, have a role to play in this process. We make
this clear to the Turkish Government frequently, most recently
when the Foreign Secretary met Mrs Chiller in New York last month.
But we think that the most effective way of encouraging Turkey
to make a constructive contribution not only on Cyprus but on
other international questions is to strengthen its links with
Western institutions. A policy of sanctions and isolating Turkey
would simply not work. Nor can a solution be imposed from the
outside: a just and enduring settlement can only come about through
the consent and reconciliation of the two Cypriot communities.
Southern European Department.
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