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US urges all sides to finalize Cyprus settlement
2004-02-03 20:07:46

by Demetris Apokis

Washington, Feb 3 (CNA) -- The US urges all parties, Cyprus, Greece and Turkey to agree to finalize a Cyprus settlement, allow the Secretary General to resolve outstanding issues and submit the settlement to referenda by a date certain, White House spokesman Scot Maclelan told his briefing today after the meeting US President George Bush and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan had in the Oval Office.

Maclelan said Bush and Annan touched on the Cyprus problem very briefly at their initial meeting in the Oval Office. He also said he expected that this may be an issue which will come up more in the lunch they attended after the meeting.

The White House spokesman also said the US welcomes ''the sincere willingness to advance a Cyprus settlement on the basis of Secretary General's formula that the Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan made to us during his visit last week.''

Maclelan said in his statement on Cyprus: "They (Bush and Annan) touched on it (Cyprus problem) very briefly at the initial meeting in the Oval Office. I expect that that may be an issue that will come up more in the lunch that they are in right now. I think our views are very clear on Cyprus. We welcome the sincere willingness to advance a Cyprus settlement on the basis of Secretary General's formula that the Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan made to us during his visit last week. We urge all parties, our friends in Cyprus and in Greece and Turkey as well, to agree to finalize a settlement and allow the Secretary General to resolve outstanding issues and submit the settlement to referenda by a date certain. We believe such a settlement will bring greater security and prosperity to all people on Cyprus, in Turkey and in Greece as they deep their integration into Europe."|

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