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Boucher: US strongly supportive of UN efforts on Cyprus
2004-02-19 15:30:06

Nicosia, Feb 19 (CNA) -- The US will play a very strong, positive and supportive role for the UN Secretary General's efforts for a Cyprus settlement, US State Department's spokesman Richard Boucher has said.

Boucher said US Ambassador in Nicosia Michael Klosson is working to provide the US support in these talks as they begin today and that US State Department's Special Coordinator for Cyprus Ambassador Thomas Weston ''is prepared to travel to the region as needed to provide diplomatic support to the process.''

Invited to say what kind of role the US is planning to play for Cyprus at this time, Boucher said: ''a very strong, positive and supportive role for the Secretary General's efforts.''

''As you know, we are not a participant in the talks, but we have provided and will continue to provide all necessary diplomatic support to the talks to try to help them reach a successful conclusion,'' he stressed.

He also noted that the US Secretary of State has been in close touch with leaders of Greece, Turkey, and leaders on the island as well, and ''the United States has supported the process from the highest levels on down.''

''Our Ambassador to Nicosia, Michael Klosson, is working to provide our support in these talks as they begin. Ambassador Weston is currently in Washington, but he is prepared to travel to the region as needed to provide diplomatic support to the process,'' Boucher said.

Invited to say if the US supports the role the European Union is playing in these meetings, Boucher said: ''we had all those questions last week. I think it was defined by the statements made at the end of the discussions in New York. We think the European Union has a role to play. It's been analyzed and defined a bit by the discussions they've had already, and that's fine with us.''

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