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US envoy: Clerides more flexible at talks than Denktash
2002-04-12 10:51:52

By Demetris Apokis- Washington, Apr 12 (CNA) -- US State Department Special Coordinator for Cyprus Thomas Weston has said that President Glafcos Clerides maintains a more flexible approach at the ongoing peace talks than Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash.

Speaking before an audience at a meeting of the American Hellenic Institute, Weston said the US has outlined this view at a recent Security Council meeting which discussed developments in Cyprus.

Weston said that all interested parties, including the US, have to work hard to reach a settlement by June, a target date mentioned first by Denktash and adopted by Clerides and the UN Security Council.

The US envoy reiterated Washington's backing for Cyprus' accession to the European Union and indicated that EU accession could act as a catalyst on the peace process.|

He said it was important that the direct talks are taking place under UN auspices and expressed the view that it is possible to get positive results by June.

A fair solution in Cyprus, he said, would be to the national interest of the US as well.

Talks began in mid January this year with a view to finding a comprehensive settlement.

Weston said the US has no concrete solution plan for Cyprus but has ideas.

The negotiations, he added, must lead to a solution that can be implemented and urged everybody concerned to work hard for a settlement.

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