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Government welcomes support for bizonal, bicommunal federation
2002-03-19 21:14:26

Nicosia, Mar 19 (CNA) -- Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou said here today that support for a bizonal, bicommunal federal solution in Cyprus, contributes positively to the peace effort.

The spokesman expressed hope that such support, expressed through the positions of interested parties, should be accompanied by deeds to encourage the Turkish side to change its tune on Cyprus.

Papapetrou was commenting on statements by US State Department Special Coordinator for Cyprus Thomas Weston, who arrives here tomorrow for meetings with President Glafcos Clerides, Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash and UN Secretary General's Special Adviser for Cyprus Alvaro de Soto, in whose presence the UN-led direct talks are taking place.|

Weston reiterated Washington's backing for a bizonal, bicommunal federation, a solution which Denktash does not favour, in spite of the fact that he agreed to it in the 1970s.

"I would like to hope that this kind of statement will be accompanied by such moves that would make the Turkish side finally decide to accept the compromise the two sides have reached, as this is set out in the High Level Agreements of 1977 and 1979," Papapetrou said.

Replying to questions, he said the US is concerned with the absence of any indication for breaking the deadlock in the Cyprus issue, as time goes on.


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