Weston: UN resolutions are on the table
Larnaca, June 16 (CN?)-- US State Department's Special Coordinator for
Cyprus Thomas Weston has expressed his country's continuous support to
UN resolutions on Cyprus noting that these resolutions are part of the UN-led
peace talks, aiming at the settlement of the protracted Cyprus problem.
Speaking yesterday at Larnaca Airport, prior to his departure from the island, Weston, who came to Cyprus after talks in Ankara and Athens said he had made clear to his interlocutors what the US view as necessary for the peace process to move forward.
Invited to comment statements by Britain's Special Representative for Cyprus Lord David Hannay to CNN Turk, Weston said that "Lord Hannay speaks for himself and for the UK" and that his country "has made its views very clear in the past about what it thinks the settlement has to be". He added that "the US policy says (there is) one country here".|
According to CNN Turk Hannay had spoken in his interview of two sovereign states in Cyprus, something that was denied later by a Foreign Office spokesman.
Weston said his discussions were "very extensive and substantial not only on the island with both leaders (Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash) but also in Athens and in Ankara" where he met with government officials.
He also noted that these discussions "have been directed to add urgency to the negotiations with a view to reach the goal which is a just and durable comprehensive settlement in a relatively short time available."
"It remains to be seen how successful we have been in this particular trip to move the process forward, to generate the necessary political will, to reach the goals we've discussed for a long time", Weston added, noting that he leaves from this particular trip "hopeful that we'll be able to do that". Answering a question Weston said that "the whole (UN) Good Offices Mission under which this (peace talks) is taking place is governed by the Security Council resolutions (on Cyprus), so obviously the resolutions are part of all these". He also recalled that his country which is a permanent member of the UN Security Council has been voting for "many many years" resolutions on Cyprus.
Clerides and Denktash have been engaged in UN-led direct peace talks since mid January this year with a view to negotiate until a comprehensive settlement is achieved. Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory.