Intrernational Reaction: France
December 7, 2001. (CAN):France supports efforts to reach a comprehensive, just and lasting settlement in Cyprus, consistent with UN relevant resolutions, a spokesman for the French Foreign Ministry has said, who also welcomed the start of direct talks next month.
He said France supports unreservedly UN Secretary General's efforts to reach a comprehensive, just and viable settlement in Cyprus and noted that it is important that the dialogue remains within the UN framework.
Furthermore he called on both sides to redouble their efforts at a period when important timetables for the region and Cyprus are in sight with a view to reaching a settlement as soon as possible.
"This is for the benefit of all the people on the island as well as for the benefit of the stability and security in the Eastern Mediterranean," he noted.