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Bush: We are committed to efforts for a settlement in Cyprus
2002-06-26 07:11:46

By Apostolis Zoupaniotis-- New York, Jun 26 (CNA) -- The United States remains committed to the United Nations effort to find a just and lasting settlement to the Cyprus problem, US President George Bush said in a letter attached to a progress report to Congress on the situation in Cyprus, covering the period April 1 -May 31 2002.

The report, sent on June 24, noted US support for the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot sides in meeting "their stated objective of a comprehensive settlement by the end of this month."

Bush said that direct talks on the island between the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities Glafcos Clerides and Rauf Denktash continue under UN auspices as they strive to meet their stated objective of a comprehensive settlement by the end of the month.|

The US President said that as in past reporting periods, US State Department's Special Coordinator for Cyprus Thomas Weston and US Ambassador to Cyprus Donald Bandler provided diplomatic support to the peace process.

Clerides and Denktash launched direct talks in mid-January this year, with a view to negotiate until a settlement is achieved on the problem of Cyprus, divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

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