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Wolfowitz: US support urgent and lasting solution to Cyprus
2002-12-03 14:45:41

Constantinople, Dec 3 (CNA) ?The Cyprus problem was among the issues which US Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz and Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, Marc Grossman discussed with Turkey's Prime Minister Abdullah Gul in Ankara.

Wolfowitz said, after the meeting, that the US supports an urgent and lasting solution to the Cyprus issue. |

The US Deputy Defence Secretary also said his country would continue supporting Turkey's EU full membership.

Cyprus is among the ten countries, which the European Commission said could finalise accession negotiations with the EU by the end of the year. The island has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 percent of the island's territory.

CNA/EA/EC/MK/2002
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY

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