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Christofias says US could play positive role in Cyprus settlement
2002-07-16 21:12:58

Nicosia, Jul 16 (CNA)-- The United States, with their close relations with Turkey, could play a positive role in resolving the Cyprus question, House of Representatives President Demetris Christofias said today, after receiving US Ambassador to Cyprus Donald Bandler, who leaves the island soon.

Speaking to the press after the meeting with Christofias, Bandler said "this is the right time to forge ahead and take the top decisions to build a better future here on Cyprus".

Invited to comment on the current political situation in Ankara in relation with the Cyprus question, Bandler said it "is evolving day by day, and we are watching it closely".|

He noted that the situation in Turkey is "very important", adding that "Turkey is obviously a key to many of the processes that work here, in the Eastern Mediterranean, in the Aegean, and we hope things will come out well".

Bandler pointed out that his country "over the past has been hard at work to try to help promote a Cyprus settlement", noting that Christofias both as House President and as leftwing AKEL's General Secretary "is also a strong supporter of a settlement" in Cyprus.

In his remarks, Christofias said he and Bandler reviewed the relations between Cyprus and the US, the part the US are playing in efforts to solve the Cyprus question, as well as the geographical assessments of the latest developments in Turkey and Cyprus.

"I expect that the US, which at the time are playing a decisive role in international relations, will play a positive role in dealing with the developments to come for a just and viable solution of the Cyprus question, based on fundamental values and human rights", Christofias noted.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

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