Statement on Cyprus Talks

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
July 13, 1997

Talks between the President of Cyprus and the leader of the Turkish-Cypriot community have commenced, under the auspices of the United Nations, in New York. Israel has always favored dialogue and negotiation in order to settle the conflicts on the Island and establish a lasting peace.

Israel congratulates the leaders upon the opening of the talks and hopes that they will herald progress towards a peaceful solution of the conflict.