US STATE DEPARTMENT:Press Statement-Richard Boucher, Spokesman
November 11, 2002
Presentation of Cyprus Settlement Proposal
The United States strongly welcomes the initiative of United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan to present a proposal for a comprehensive settlement for Cyprus to the two Cypriot leaders as the basis for an agreement. We fully support this step and the ongoing efforts by the Secretary General, his Special Advisor Alvaro de Soto, and the Good Offices Mission to find a just and durable solution to the longstanding division of the island.
We encourage the two sides to study the settlement proposal carefully, to provide their considered responses, and to work urgently with the Secretary General to achieve a settlement by seizing the historic opportunity that exists before the European Union makes its decisions on enlargement in Copenhagen in December.
Released on November 11, 2002