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US official supports technical committees on Cyprus
2006-03-28 13:33:59

by Apostolis Zoupaniotis

New York, Mar 28 (CNA) – US Ambassador to Turkey Ross Wilson has expressed support to setting up technical committees to discuss issues relating to the Cyprus question.

Speaking at the 25th conference on Turkish-American relations, in Washington, Ross also said that the US support Cyprus’ reunification.

A joint statement issued after a meeting in Paris on February 28, 2006 between UNSG Kofi Annan and Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos said that “the leaders of both communities (in Cyprus) have agreed that bicommunal discussions on a series of issues, agreement on which is needed for the benefit of all Cypriots, will be undertaken at the technical level”.

US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Mathew Bryza told the conference that Turkey must fulfill the obligations it has undertaken towards the European Union, including opening its ports and air space to Cypriot vessels and aircraft.

Otherwise, he said, it will have problems in its EU accession course.

He noted that for this reason he is paying visits and holds contacts in the EU, in order to help achieve this objective.

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