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Greek FM stresses need for Cyprus solution
2005-04-12 15:56:40

by Christa Nicolaou

Ankara, Apr 12 (CNA) – The solution to the Cyprus problem should be found through negotiations on a UN-proposed plan (the Annan plan), Greece’s Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis stressed here today after talks with his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul, pointing out that a successful conclusion of any new effort should be guaranteed at the greatest possible level.

In statements after their talks, Gul said that they exchanged views on the Cyprus problem and noted the UN Secretary-General’s support for efforts towards a solution in Cyprus.

Molyviatis said “we believe that all the parties agree on the goal of reunification of the island. The solution must come through negotiations based on the Annan Plan”.

The Greek Minister underlined that a solution should be “viable, functional and in accordance with UN decisions and European principles”.

During their talks, Molyviatis and Gul agreed to establish a direct communications line between their respective air forces. They also agreed on confidence building measures.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied the island’s northern third.

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