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2002-02-27 20:26:48

Athens, Feb 27 (CNA) - US State Department Special Coordinator for Cyprus Thomas Weston, who is on a visit to Athens, stressed today that the Security Council in a statement yesterday "reemphasised not only the need to find a just and lasting settlement on the island of Cyprus, but the urgency", noting the statement "is quite favourable for the future" of the Cyprus problem.

Speaking after a meeting with Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou, the US envoy said this is "the first time that the representatives of the countries of the Security Council recognise the importance of reaching a settlement in the very near future", adding that the United States "believe the solution to the Cyprus issue is a bizonal, bicommunal federation".|

"We are members of the Security Council. We voted for all these resolutions. We have not changed our view. We believe that the solution to the Cyprus issue is a bizonal, bicommunal federation", Weston said.

The US envoy, who will fly to Ankara from Athens, said that this tour is taking place after the first round of face-to-face talks between Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash with a view to solve the Cyprus problem.

In his remarks, Papandreou said the presence of Weston in Athens "reaffirms the interest and importance the US allocate to a solution of the Cyprus problem", which will contribute to smoothing out relations between Greece and Turkey.

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