US senior official discusses Cyprus with EU
by Nicos Bellos
Brussels, Nov 26 (CNA) -- US State Department Special Coordinator for Cyprus Thomas Weston exchanged views Tuesday on Cyprus and Turkey related issues with European Union Commissioner responsible for enlargement Gunter Verheugen and other EU officials.
Weston told CNA that he conveyed his impressions and his assessment of the discussions he has had in Athens, Ankara and Nicosia over the past week to EU officials, who in turn briefed him about recent developments with regard to Cyprus and Turkey as they evaluated them.
The American diplomat believes that all interested parties should show political will to achieve the accession of a reunited Cyprus into the EU on May 1 next year, and pledged he would work towards this direction.
Prior to his visit to Brussels, Weston was in Paris and The Hague for talks with government officials on the question of Cyprus. His meetings are part of his ongoing contacts with the EU.
Asked to comment on the EU warning to Turkey that the absence of a political settlement in Cyprus could be a serious obstacle to its European aspirations, Weston said Wasthington agrees with the Commission's outlook on the matter and believes that a settlement should be reached by May 1, 2004.