Considering the present status quo in Cyprus as unacceptable, the Socialist International Mediterranean Committee, meeting in Toledo on 9-10 May 2003:

- Reiterates its position that a settlement of the Cyprus question must be based on the relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions and in accordance with the principles of the UN Charter, International Law and the "acquis communautaire";

- Urges the UN Secretary-General to lead the parties concerned to a solution, noting that a positive outcome to his previous initiative for a comprehensive settlement of the issue, supported by both communities, was hindered by the irreconcilability of Mr. Denktash;

- Strongly welcomes the will of the two communities for the free movement of peoples;

- Stresses that communication between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots is essential because it promotes reconciliation, rapprochement, mutual understanding, respect and coexistence. Dialogue should therefore be open and expanded, aware that the multicultural character, tradition, political culture, institutions and human rights norms of the EU will serve for the peaceful coexistence and interdependence of the peoples of Cyprus;

- Underlines the urgent need to reach a peaceful, just, democratic and lasting solution to the situation in Cyprus and supports all steps and efforts by the UN Secretary-General to this end.

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