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Cyprus President satisfied with EU, US views
2003-06-19 14:01:23

Nicosia, Jun 19 (CNA) -- Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos has welcomed statements by senior officials from the European Union and the US, who were critical of Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash with regard to the latter's views on the resumption of peace talks and on EU matters. ''Verheugen and Weston uttered nothing more than the truth and I am happy because I see they both agree with the line we follow,'' the President said.

EU Commission for enlargement Gunter Verheugen told a press conference here Wednesday that Denktash had rejected EU proposals on trade but said Denktash would take funds offered by the Union. The Commissioner also said Denktash rejected a UN peace proposal for a comprehensive settlement. The EU official called on Turkey to settle the question of Cyprus if it wants to facilitate its accession course.

US State Department Special Coordinator for Cyprus Ambassador Thomas Weston said Denktash had hardened his positions on the peace effort.

Both Verheugen and Weston had lengthy meetings with Denktash in a bid to press on with him the need to work for a settlement.

CNA MM/GP/2003

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