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US continues to support UN efforts for Cyprus settlement
2002-08-22 11:57:59

By Demetris Apokis -- Washington, Aug 22 (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 stressed in his report on the Cyprus question to the Speaker of the US House of Representatives and the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, covering the period June 1, 2002 through July 31, 2002.

Bush said that "direct talks on the island between Greek Cypriot leader Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash continue under United Nations auspices, although the leaders failed to meet their stated objective of a comprehensive settlement by June 2002."|

He pointed out that as in past reporting periods, State Department's Special Cyprus Coordinator Thomas Weston and US Ambassador to Cyprus Donald Bandler provided diplomatic support to the process.

Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash have been engaged in UN-led direct talks since mid January this year with a view to negotiate until a comprehensive settlement is reached.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 per cent of its territory.

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