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US ask Turkey to intervene towards Denktash
2003-04-03 19:47:28

by Nicos Bellos -- Brussels, Apr 3 (CNA) -- The US have asked Turkey to exert pressure on Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash to work towards the resolution of the Cyprus question.

Diplomatic sources have said that US Secretary of State Colin Powell discussed, apart from the Iraqi crisis, the Cyprus problem and the Middle East issue with current EU Foreign Ministers Council president Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou, Javier Solana, EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and Chris Patten, EU Commissioner for external relations.

The same sources have said that Powell expressed clearly his administration's interest in a Cyprus settlement and encouraged the Turkish government to press upon Denktash the need to change his positions with a view at finding a solution.|

Powell also said he raised the question of Cyprus in all his meeting in Turkey.

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


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