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US supports UN-led Cyprus talks
2002-10-04 16:23:44

By Demetris Apokis -- Washington, Oct 4 (CNA) -- United States strongly supports the UN Secretary General's Good offices mission in Cyprus, State Department's spokesman Richard Boucher has stressed.

Invited to comment on the UN-led talks, held yesterday and today in New York between UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, Boucher expressed hope ''that the two leaders will seize this historic opportunity to try to reach a Cyprus settlement this year.''|

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied the island's northern third.

The UN-led direct talks which began in January this year with a view to reach a comprehensive settlement, have not yet produced any results because of Denktash's insistence on the creation of two "sovereign states", contrary to UN resolutions calling for a bizonal, bicommunal federation.

President Clerides and Denktash met Kofi Annan in Paris on September 6 where it was decided the leaders return to Cyprus, continue with the direct meetings and meet the UN Chief in New York on October 3-4 to see what progress has been made.

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