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Kasoulides: solution possible at end of year
2002-10-03 15:44:40

By Apostolis Zoupaniotis -- United Nations, Oct 3 (CNA) -- Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides expressed hope today that both sides in Cyprus will demonstrate the necessary will in the UN-led talks, in order to find a solution to the Cyprus problem.

Speaking to the press, at the UN headquarters, Kasoulides said it is possible to get a solution at the end of this year ''if there is political will from both sides''.

''We consider important that the Secretary General throws the weight his position carries, in order to facilitate the efforts to reach a settlement'', he added.|

Replying to a question by a Turkish journalist, he noted that there are a number of issues holding the talks. ''Are we talking about one state of Cyprus or are we talking about two states of Cyprus? This is the main question'', he said.

The Turkish Cypriot leader insists on the creation of two sovereign states in Cyprus and the abolition of the Republic of Cyprus in the context of a settlement. The Greek Cypriot side is working for a bizonal, bicommunal federation, in line with UN resolutions.

The minister said that the right solution is a fair solution that meets the concerns of the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots.

''Each side has concerns and these concerns have to be addressed too,'' Kasoulides said, adding that in order to address these concerns, ''we shall have to see the future as common for every Cypriot.''

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