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US backs Commission's language on Cyprus in Turkey's paper
2003-11-06 16:58:22

By Demetris Apokis

Washington, Nov 6 (CNA) -- US State Department's Deputy Spokesman Adam Ereli has expressed Washington's support over the content of the European Commission's strategy paper on Turkey that says a Cyprus settlement on the basis of the Annan plan should be found by 1 May 2004.

In statements here Wednesday after the European Commission published the reports, Ereli noted this has been the US position for a long time.

''Our view is that we agree with the language in the commission's report that says a Cyprus settlement on the basis of UN Secretary General Annan's plan should be found by May 1 of next year,'' the State Department's Deputy Spokesman said.

Answering to questions on Cyprus Ereli noted that the recent trip to the area by State Department's Special Coordinator on Cyprus Thomas Weston ''went well''.

He added that based on his meetings with all the parties to the Cyprus question Ambassador Weston ''returned optimistic about prospects for a renewed movement toward a Cyprus settlement'' following the socalled elections in the Turkish-occupied northern part of the island.

Thomas Weston, he concluded, ''will return to the region in the coming weeks to continue to press US views on the way ahead to a Cyprus settlement and to discuss this with all the parties.''

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