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US seeks Cyprus solution on Annan plan basis
2005-08-02 11:34:18

New York, Aug 2 (CNA) - The United States seek a solution to the Cyprus problem on the basis of the settlement plan proposed by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, US State Department Acting Spokesman Tom Casey has said.

He added that Annan has spoken with the parties, asked them to come up with some ideas and suggestions on how to proceed forward, noting that this was where ''our focus is on Cyprus.''

Replying to questions regarding Ankara's unilateral declaration of non recognition of the Republic of Cyprus, issued along with the signing of the protocol extending Turkey's customs union to the ten new EU member states, Casey said he had not seen reports of that declaration but noted that ''our policy on Cyprus hasn't changed.''

''We seek a solution to issues on the island using the basis of the Annan plan. The Secretary General has spoken with the parties, asked them to come up with some ideas and suggestions on how to proceed forward. And that's where we are, and that's certainly where our focus is on Cyprus,'' he added.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

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