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Ambassador Schlicher says US support Cyprus process
2006-03-15 11:56:29

Limassol, Mar 15 - US Ambassador to Cyprus Ronald Schlicher has said that the United States will support the UN and the parties in the process that they agreed on towards a Cyprus settlement, adding that ''what the United States supports is a solution that is going to result in the reunification of the island in a bizonal bicommunal arrangement that the majority on each side agrees with.''

Speaking during a visit to Limassol Municipality on Wednesday, Mr. Schlicher also said that ''the engagement of the parties in the UN, in the process on which they have agreed, is ofcourse a very dramatically positive event and we very much look forward to the UN getting the parties together and starting to work in the technical committees as soon as they can.''

''We, as the United States, intend to support that effort in any way that the UN and the parties seem fit. I expressed to the UN as well our willingness to lean forward in that regard, so we very much hope that the parties will get down to business and start working as soon as possible,'' he added.

Ambassador Schlicher also noted: ''we are not going to interfere in any process, what we are going to do is support the UN and the parties in the process that they agreed on and the essential thing is to get that process underway as soon as possible and then we will see what request for support the USA gets,'' adding that ''we are very eager to accommodate the request that we receive in that regard.''

He also expressed certainty that officials from Washington will be visiting Cyprus in the next few months.

''If there are any clarifications that have yet to be made from one side to the other, I hope that the people who have questions will sit down with (Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and Chief of Mission Michael) Mr. Moller and the UN and get the clarifications that they need so we can get to work in the committees,'' he said.

Mr. Schlicher also noted that ''what the United States supports is a solution that is going to result in the reunification of the island in a bizonal bicommunal arrangement that the majority on each side agrees with, that is what we support and we want to find the quickest possible ways to get there.''

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