Vietnam has welcomed an agreement reached on June 26 between Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders on the opening of the Liminitis-Yesilirmak buffer zone crossing, said a diplomat.

“We believe that this move is important in helping promote mutual trust between the two communities and provide them with a fresh impetus to move the negotiations forward with a view to reaching a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem and reuniting the divided island,” Bui The Giang, Deputy Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN, said at a UN Security Council’s consultation meeting on Cyprus in New York on Dec. 9.

Ambassador Giang acknowledged certain tangible results in maintaining regular meetings between political party leaders and representatives of both communities on many key issues and the establishment of economic, social, cultural and sport contacts between the sides.

He said that these moves should be encouraged and further enhanced in substantive ways that promote the implementation of confidence-building measures and the second phase of the restoration of buildings at the Ledra Street crossing.

The Ambassador called upon the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders to continue to show their flexibility and engage in full-fledged negotiations in a constructive and open manner, for this is central to the reunification process in Cyprus and to the achievement of the common objective of a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation with political equality in a united Cyprus .

Ambassador Giang commended the enduring efforts undertaken by the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) in maintaining stability in the buffer zone and its vital role in cultivating the reunification process.

”We support the Secretary-General’s recommendation to extend the mandate of UNFICYP for another six-month period, until June 15, 2010,” he said./.