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Annan looking for political will to resume peace efforts
2003-04-18 15:54:52

By Maria Koniotou-- Athens, Apr 18 (CNA) -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has said if he ascertains real determination and political will for a Cyprus settlement he would do everything possible to promote the effort.

He also said that changes on his peace plan could be made, provided it was acceptable as a basis for negotiations.

Annan was speaking after meeting here Thursday evening Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis, who stated that Greece has always maintained the Cyprus problem is an international problem, noting that the discussion can continue on the basis of Annan’s plan.|

The Secretary-General said he hoped efforts would continue because he believed a peaceful solution could be found.

Simitis said Greece's firm position has been that the Cyprus problem is an international issue and should be solved within the UN framework. "This is not the time to look for other means", he added.

The Greek Premier remarked discussions should continue on the Annan plan which provides for “acceptance by both sides and political will from the Turkish Cypriot side”, to find a solution and work for its successful implementation.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 percent of the island’s territory.


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