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France says Cyprus problem in UN hands
2005-11-08 12:14:27

Nicosia, Nov 8 (CNA) - The spokesman for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stated that the procedure to solve the Cyprus problem was in the UN's hands and that a solution should respect human rights and European Union rules.

He added that '' it is hard to imagine a political settlement concerning Cyprus, which is a member state of the Union, not being compatible with the operating rules of the EU,'' noting that this is ''one of the aspects which had to be taken on board earlier in what is called the Annan plan and which will of course have to be taken into account if we want to reach a political settlement again to the question of Cyprus.''

The spokesman noted that it is ''important for us to move forward on a political settlement in Cyprus,'' adding that ''this dossier is very largely in the hands of the United Nations.''

The statement has been posted on the Ministry's website as an excerpt from the spokesman's press briefing on November 4, commenting on a meeting between the Cypriot and French Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Paris, in the context of an official visit by Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos.

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