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EU wants Cyprus settlement through UN framework
2003-04-03 19:42:47

by Nicos Bellos -- Brussels, Apr 3 (CNA) -- The European Commission wishes to see a peaceful resolution of the Cyprus question which could be achieved within the UN framework, Jean Christophe Filori, European Commission spokesman said here today.

His comments come as a response to an announcement on Wednesday by Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash of what he has described as a package of measures to assist a political settlement of the Cyprus problem.

''The Commission takes into consideration Denktash's initiative. We support all efforts for a solution in Cyprus, but we continue to believe that this objective can best be achieved through the UN framework,'' Filori said.|

Filori also noted that the Commission is waiting for the outcome of the discussion on Cyprus at the UN Security Council, in the coming days.

Denktash announced the measures at a press conference, following the collapse of the latest UN attempt to reach a solution and criticism from key players in the peace process about his negative stand at the talks.

The Security Council is expected to be briefed about the talks in the next few days and is likely to adopt a resolution or issue a statement on the matter.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory.

CNA NB/MM/MK/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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