OPINION

December 6, 1958

CYPRUS: United Nations, 5 – The UN General Assembly today unanimously approved a compromise solution for the Cyprus issue proposed by the Mexican representative to the United Nations. In a statement, the Assembly expressed its conviction that more coordinated efforts would be made by the interested parties to bring about a peaceful, democratic and just solution, in accordance with the UN Charter. The Mexican delegate said the proposal had already been accepted by Britain, Greece and Turkey. The chairman of the Assembly, noting that there were no objections, declared that the Mexican proposal had been unanimously approved. No vote was held. The Assembly had already begun an examination of the next issue on the agenda when the Soviet representative said he wished to make a statement on the Cyprus issue. He said that the plan proposed by Iran had been inspired by Britain and the USA. As for the proposal just approved, he said he wished to express the regret of the Soviet delegation that the Assembly had allowed the resolution approved in February 1957 to be revived, instead of seeking a solution to the Cyprus issue that was in the interests of its people.