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Ereli: We urge parties to resume negotiations on Annan plan basis
2003-11-21 12:49:50

by Demetris Apokis

Washington, Nov 20 (CNA) -- The purpose of US State Department Special Coordinator for Cyprus Thomas Weston's trip to Ankara, Athens and Nicosia is to convey Washington's view that all parties should express to the UN Secretary General as soon as possible the necessary political willingness that he has requested to resume negotiations on the basis of the Annan plan.

Answering to questions US State Department's Deputy Spokesman Adam Ereli added that Turkish Prime Minister's visit to the occupied side is important in the sense of how his statements will be used by various political actors there. ''And it is our position that we'd like to see them sign on to the UN plan and begin serious negotiations,'' Ereli noted.

He also noted that Ambassador Weston was currently in Greece. ''He left here on Sunday to meet with political leaders in Athens, Ankara and Nicosia. The purpose of his trip is to convey US views on the way ahead to a Cyprus settlement.''

''Those views, as we've discussed, are clear'', said Ereli noting that ''we urge all parties to express to the UN Secretary General as soon as possible the necessary political willingness that he has requested to resume negotiations under the framework of the UN good offices mission on the basis of the Annan plan. That is what Ambassador Weston is discussing on all his trips''.

Commenting on reports concerning Ambassador Weston's statement on Turkish Premier's recent illegal visit to the Turkish-occupied territory he said that ''what is important about Mr. Erdogan's visit is how his visit and statements will be used by various political actors in northern Cyprus. And it is our position that we'd like to see them sign on to the UN plan and begin serious negotiations.''

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