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Boucher: The US will continue to remain very active in Cyprus issue
2002-07-02 08:06:54

By Demetris Apokis-- Washington, Jul 2 (CNA) -- Although the target date for reaching an agreement in the Cyprus question by the end of June was not met, the US will continue to remain very active in their efforts to help reach a solution to the Cyprus problem, US State Department's spokesman Richard Boucher said yesterday.



"The goal of getting some kind of agreement by the end of the month of June was not met," Boucher told his press briefing, adding that the US continues to consider the Cyprus question "a very important issue and one that we want to pursue in conjunction with the United Nations".

"You will continue to find the United States, as well as the United Nations, very active in that regard", US State Department's spokesman said.|

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied one third of its territory.

End of June was a target date for reaching an agreement in the Cyprus question in the four core issues (governance, security, territory and property). The target date was initially suggested by Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash and agreed upon by the President of Cyprus Glafcos Clerides and the UN.

The leaders of the two communities in Cyprus, Clerides and Denktash, launched direct talks in mid-January this year, with a view to negotiate until a settlement is achieved.

The last meeting in the fourth round of talks takes place today. Talks are scheduled to resume on 12 July.

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