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Senator Biden wishes technical talks in Cyprus will move reunification process
2006-10-05 11:37:03

Nicosia, Oct 5 ? US Senator Joseph Biden has wished that the new round of technical talks will move the peace process forward.

In a speech sumbitted before the US Senate, the Democratic Senator said: ?Once they do, the international community should be ready to support them. I am convinced that, given the right conditions and adequate international backing, a solution in Cyprus is both possible and attainable. I hope that members of the Security Council will reach the same conclusion and act accordingly when the issue is before them ? and that the new UN Secretary General will build on Secretary General Annan?s leadership to facilitate a peaceful resolution of this long-running conflict.?

He added that Cyprus' reunification will have significance far beyond the shores of the Mediterranean.

?A united Cyprus will stand as an example to the world of how different ethnic groups can overcome past wrongs, bridge differences, and live together as neighbors. At a time when too many countries are beset by demons of ethnic and sectarian hatred, it is more important than ever to find an answer to the Cyprus question,? he stressed.

Mr. Papadopoulos and Mr. Talat agreed on July 8th 2006, during a meeting in the presence of UN Undersecretary General for political affairs Ibrahim Gambari, to begin a process of bicommunal discussions on issues that affect the day-to-day life of the people and concurrently those that concern substantive issues, both contributing to a comprehensive settlement to the Cyprus problem. The Turkish side is stalling the process.

Following the agreement, senior aides of the two leaders in Cyprus, Tasos Tzionis and Rasit Pertev, began meetings in the office of the UN Secretary General's Special Representative in Cyprus Michael Moller in the UN-controlled buffer zone to work out the modalities for the implementation of the July agreement.

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

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