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Cyprus government expresses satisfaction with US interest in Cyprus
2003-11-21 12:54:06

Nicosia, Nov 20 (CNA) -- The Cyprus government has expressed its satisfaction with the US ongoing interest in the Cyprus problem, underlying its appreciation for the US State Department Special Coordinator Thomas Weston's efforts on Cyprus.

Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides referring to Weston's statements in Athens that Turkish Prime Minister's recent illegal visit to Cyprus' Turkish-occupied part might provide the possibility for the resumption of talks and that he expects fresh efforts for the resumption of talks after the so called elections in the occupied area, expressed certainty that during his meeting here today with Cyprus President the US envoy will clarify his views.

If the intention for the resumption of talks after the ''parliamentary elections'' is interpreted as the submission of a plan on behalf of the Turkish side that will provide for two states on the island then the government deems that ''such a proposal is absolutely diverting from the framework of the Annan plan, on the basis of which we want negotiations to go on, aiming to reach a solution to the Cyprus problem by 1 May 2004,'' Chrysostomides added.

Invited to say why the government thinks that Weston should give explanations regarding his optimism, Chrysostomides said that what he meant is that the American official ''might give further details at today's meeting that will be meaningful for our side and as regards the aim of resuming talks.''

He clarified that he did not express any reservation for Weston's visit and intentions and that on the contrary the government is satisfied with his continued interest.

As regards Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to the occupied north, Chrysostomides said that what comes out of it is that Turkey supports Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash's policy on Cyprus.

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