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US: A Cyprus settlement can be reached with commitment and goodwill
2005-12-07 17:43:15

Nicosia, Dec 7 (CNA) – The US thinks that with commitment and goodwill the parties should be able to achieve a settlement with the involvement and commitment of the Secretary General, US State Department Deputy Spokesman Adam Ereli said.

This is an opportunity that they should seize and they should work with the Secretary General in a spirit of conciliation to achieve agreement, Ereli noted, reiterating US support to the Annan plan.

Asked about relations between the US and the UN with regard to efforts to reunite Cyprus, Ereli said “Secretary General Annan has presented a plan for resolving the Cyprus issue. We support that plan,” adding that “unfortunately, the Greek Cypriot community has rejected that plan.”

Ereli said the Secretary General is continuing his efforts to rework the plan in a way that is acceptable to both sides and expressed support to that effort.

“But this is a UN-led effort. It is a process that the Secretary General is personally and directly involved in. We think that is appropriate. We think that with commitment and goodwill the parties should be able to achieve a settlement with the involvement and commitment of the Secretary General and that this is an opportunity that they should seize and that they should work with the Secretary General in a spirit of conciliation to achieve agreement,” he added.

“And we will continue to support the Secretary General in his efforts,” he noted.

Invited to comment on a report by Cyprus TV station Mega Channel that US aircraft had landed secretely in Larnaca International airport, Ereli said “we don't comment on specific allegations like that.”

The report came in the wake of allegations in European and other meadia that the CIA has used airports in Europe to transfer terrorist suspects to secret locations for questioning.

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