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Solution plan for Cyprus should be ''appropriate,'' says US official
2002-11-04 09:50:47

Nicosia, Nov 4 (CNA) ?US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Beth Jones believes that a solution plan for a Cyprus settlement, expected to be submitted by the UN Secretary General, should be ''appropriate.''

Speaking after a meeting here with President Glafcos Clerides, she expressed hope that there is enough time to reach an agreement in Cyprus before the European Union summit in mid December in Copenhagen.|

''We have great faith in the ability of the UN Secretary General and his representative Alvaro de Soto to put together ideas that are in the best interest possible of all the people of Cyprus,'' Jones said, in reply to concerns that a solution should be based on international law.

''I am convinced that what the UN puts forward would be appropriate,'' she added, expressing the hope that ''there is enough time'' to reach a settlement before the Copenhagen summit.

''This is the right time to reach an agreement for Cyprus. It is very much in the interest of the people of Cyprus, it is very much in the interest of the EU, it is very much in the interest of the US that there would be a solution so that the vast potential of Cyprus can be realized,'' the US official said.

Asked to comment on the election result in Turkey, Jones noted that statements indicate that ''Turkey remains on the path of European integration.''

The US, she said, is looking forward to a fast formation of the Turkish government because ''this is a very important time for Turkey, for Cyprus and for the EU as we head towards the EU Summit.''

During a meeting later on with Attorney General Alecos Markides, the US official was briefed about issues of vital importance for the Greek Cypriot side concerning the Cyprus issue.

Asked to comment on Jones' statement that a solution plan should be ''appropriate,'' Markides stressed that any proposed plan for a solution should be evaluated if and when it is put forward.

He said that it must be made clear that the Greek Cypriot side will not accept proposals which contradict the principles of international law.

Asked to comment on the election outcome in Turkey, he said the election result is a decisive factor for the UN with regard to its plans on Cyprus.

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