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Cyprus President is committed to a bizonal, bicommunal federal solution
2006-05-09 12:11:23

Nicosia, May 9 - Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos has said he has always been in favour and remains committed to a solution of the Cyprus problem providing for a bizonal, bicommunal federation, adding that this solution must be workable, functional and fair.

Speaking at a reception organized by the European Commission Representation in Cyprus and the European Parliament Office in Cyprus, President Papadopoulos said ''the EU has to play a role in whatever solution we find.''

He said the EU ''has to advise us and monitor that any arrangements to be met would be compatible with the acquis communautaire".

''At the same time it is universally accepted, also accepted by us - maybe this is one of the few common points with our Turkish compatriots - that the Cyprus problem must remain under the umbrella of the United Nations. Neither EU nor any country wants the Cyprus problem to be removed from under the aegis of the UN into another forum'', President Papadopoulos added.

Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative in Cyprus Mr. Michael Moller, who is in New York for the annual meeting between the Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the Heads of UN Peacekeeping Missions, is also holding contacts regarding the Cyprus problem.

Mr. Moller will discuss with Mr. Annan both the Cyprus problem and UNFICYP's mandate renewal in view of the SG's report, expected to be submitted to the Security Council by the end of May.

On Wednesday, Mr. Moller discussed the Cyprus problem with US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Matt Bryza and Cyprus Permanent Representative to the UN Andreas Mavroyiannis, while he was expected to have a lunch with UN Undersecretary General for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari.

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