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Britain stresses need for resumption of Cyprus talks
2003-12-23 10:15:54

by Kyriacos Tsioupras

London, Dec 23 (CNA) -- British Minister for Europe Denis MacShane has stressed the need for the resumption of negotiations on the basis of the UN Secretary General's plan for a Cyprus settlement as soon as possible.

Answering a question at the House of Commons by Labour MP Andrew Dismore on the outcome of the so-called elections in Cyprus' Turkish occupied areas, MacShane reiterated that Britain remains committed to seeking a comprehensive, just and lasting settlement in Cyprus on the basis of the UN plan and urged the parties concerned ''to seize the opportunity presented by this election outcome.''

''What is now required is demonstration of political willingness to build on this result and to resume substantive settlement negotiations on the basis of the UN Secruetary General's proposals as soon as possible. We urge all concerned to seize the opportunity presented by this election outcome,'' the British minister said.

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