US says hopes up for Cyprus settlement
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.
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY