US wants to see process on Cyprus moving promptly
Nicosia, Nov 26 (CNA) -- The US State Department wants to see the process
on Cyprus moving promptly.
State Department Spokesman Richard Boucher told reporters Monday the US
are working with all the interested parties to see if they can take advantage of
this "moment of opportunity".|
Boucher said Undersecretary for Political Affairs, Marc Grossman, and Turkish Foreign Minister, Yasar Yakis, during a working luncheon on Sunday "discussed a number of issues, including Cyprus." He also said Secretary of State Colin Powell kept in touch by phone on Sunday with Yakis where they talked about Cyprus too.
"This has been a matter of great interest to the United States; one that we have followed, that we have tried to support the Secretary-General's efforts on Cyprus," Boucher said.
He said the US have been in touch not only with their special envoys as well as with governments, but also with the Europeans in terms of their interest and "their appreciation of the importance of moving forward on Cyprus, and seeing what they can do in terms of the upcoming meeting in Copenhagen, as well."
Boucher avoided answering a question whether there is any response from the Turkish side as far as the UN Secretary-General's plan is concerned, adding "we want to see this move forward promptly."
He said the US are working with all the parties to see if they can take advantage of this moment of opportunity and "use their efforts to support the opportunity for progress that we have now."
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 percent of the island's territory.
The National Council, comprising parliamentary parties, recommended a week ago by majority vote that President Glafcos Clerides negotiates the UN proposal with a view at finding a political settlement in Cyprus.
The Turkish Cypriot side has yet to reply to Kofi Annan's request to say whether it accepts the proposal as a basis to negotiate an agreement.