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Clerides reassures Bush he is determined to reach settlement
2002-06-12 10:55:09

Nicosia, Jun 12 (CNA) - Government Spokesman Michalis Papapetrou said today that a message from President Glafcos Clerides, handed to US President George Bush by ruling Democratic Rally President Nicos Anastasiades, underlines the determination of the Greek Cypriot side to show flexibility in order to reach an acceptable Cyprus settlement.

Papapetrou said the written message also underscores Turkish threats and the irreversible accession course of Cyprus to the European Union.

"It is a message that aims at enhancing the central axes of our policy, underlines the determination of our side to show flexibility to reach an honourable and acceptable compromise on the basis of international community decisions, underscores Turkish threats and highlights the irreversibility of Cyprus' EU accession course", Papapetrou said.|

Anastasiades is currenlty visiting the US heading a parliamentary delegation as chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. President Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash launched UN-led direct talks in January, with a view to negotiate until a settlement is achieved.

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