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US supports Cyprus talks under UN auspices leading to agreed solution
2005-12-30 14:52:41

Nicosia, Dec 29 (CNA) -- The US supports negotiations for a settlement of the Cyprus question, under the auspices of the United Nations, that will lead to an agreed solution of the Cyprus problem, said today new US Ambassador to Nicosia Ronald Schlicher, during a meeting here with President of the House of Representatives Demetris Christofias.

According to a press release issued by the Parliament, Cypriot House President stressed at the meeting that the Greek-Cypriot side remains committed in reaching a solution based on a bizonal, bicommunal federation.

Christofias underlined that the solution should be agreed upon after negotiations and should take into consideration the concerns of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities.

House President briefed Schlicher on the present phase of the Cypriot question, and referred to the reasons that led the Greek Cypriots to reject the UN plan for a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus issue.

“The people rejected the particular plan and not the solution itself”, Christofias told the US Ambassador during their meeting.

Schlicher said that he looks forward to his cooperation with the Parliament and to dialogue aiming to enhance the bilateral relations between Cyprus and the US.

“The US supports negotiations, under the UN auspices, that will lead to an agreed solution of the Cyprus problem”, Schlicher stressed.

House President also held a meeting with outgoing Special Representative of UN Secretary General in Cyprus, Zbigniew Wlosowicz, with whom they discussed the problems that have arisen in the efforts to open the Ledras Street checkpoint in Nicosia.

Christofias thanked Wlosowicz for his work in Cyprus and Wlosowicz thanked House President for its collaboration.

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