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US says hopes up for Cyprus settlement
2003-02-06 12:55:39

Constantinople, Feb 6 (CNA) - US State Department Coordinator for Cyprus Thomas Weston appeared optimistic about the prospects of a Cyprus settlement and said that at the end of his meetings in Ankara today, he thought hopes were up for a solution.

Speaking after a meeting with Turkish Foreign Ministry officials, Weston said steps were becoming faster towards that end but noted that time was running out.

Commenting on a request by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan for Athens and Ankara to agree on the issue of security in the context of a Cyprus settlement, Weston said Greece and Turkey were guarantor powers and that there were issues that only they could decide on.|

He added that the US could lend support to such a dialogue.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. UN-led talks are underway to reach a settlement by February 28, a target date set by Annan.

CNA/EA/RG/ΜΜ/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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