UN - US to study Turkish proposal on Cyprus
Nicosia, Jan 25 (CNA) -- The UN is studying carefully a Turkish proposal on Cyprus, Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN Secretary General has said.
Responding to a question, Dujarric said ''the Secretary-General did meet the Turkish Permanent Representative last week, who gave him a proposal regarding the situation in Cyprus.''
''At the Secretary-Generalís request, our Department of Political Affairs is currently studying the plan carefully, and of course thatís in light of the Secretary-Generalís ongoing efforts to resolve this issue. So, at this point, we are just studying the Turkish proposal.''
US State Department spokesman Sean McCormack asked about the Turkish proposal said ''I think we have to study it, but our position remains clear. We support the international community coming to a solution based on the Annan plan.''
''We are going to be -- we continue to be open to working together with the UN Secretary General on this issue and that, in terms of efforts to try to move towards some kind of settlement, certainly, this is a welcome step,'' he said.
McCormack said he could not comment on the specifics of it. ''But again, this -- in order to arrive at a solution to this longstanding problem, it's going to require the energies of good faith and good faith of all the parties involved,''he added.
''And we believe that Secretary General Annan had a plan and that there is potential solution based on that plan, but the parties need to focus their energies on coming to a solution if the people of the region are going to realize a resolution to this conflict,'' McCormack said.
Invited to say when US Deputy Assistant Secretary Matt Bryza is going to visit the Republic of Cyprus, McCormack said he did not know.