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Christofias expects US involvement to help solve Cyprus problem
2002-04-21 20:22:02

Larnaca, Apr 21 (CNA) - Cyprus House of Representatives President Demetris Christofias said he expects US involvement in efforts to reach a settlement of the Cyprus question but did not specify the extent and the quality of this involvement.

In remarks to the press on his return to Cyprus, after trips to the United States and Britain, Christofias said US involvement should be prompt.

He added that the US urge the Greek Cypriot side to show patience and that this indicates there is a possibility that Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash will change his tactic in the direct talks between Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and Denktash.|

Christofias noted there is a possibility Denktash will show a conciliatory spirit in some subsidiary aspects of the Cyprus problem, which will result in some kind of progress.

The House President appeared satisfied with his meetings in the US and said that he did not expect his journey would play a catalyst role in the US intervention to shift Ankara from its stance on the problem of Cyprus, divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

"Turkey's best interests as well as the ones of the US, Cyprus and Greece, find themselves in the just and viable solution of the Cyprus problem, based on relevant UN resolutions", Christofias added.

President Clerides and Denktash have been engaged in face-to-face talks since January 16, with a view to solve the Cyprus problem by June, a date also supported by the UN.

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