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US envoy: Still time to get Cyprus comprehensive settlement
2002-12-13 09:30:27

By Rebekah Gregoriades -- Copenhagen, Dec 13 (CNA) -- US State Department Special Coordinator for Cyprus, Thomas Weston, believes there is still time to get a comprehensive settlement to the Cyprus problem.

For this reason, he was due to attend a meeting at the Danish Foreign Ministry convened Friday by the United Nations also attended by representatives of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot sides and the island's guarantor powers, Greece, Turkey and Britain.

The Greek Cypriot side is represented by Attorney General Alecos Markides, an aide to President Glafcos Clerides, while Tahsin Ertugruloglu represents ailing Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash.

A representative of the Danish Foreign Ministry told CNA that UN Secretary- General's Special Adviser on Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto and his team are already at the ministry.

In a statement after meeting the Cypriot delegation at a Copenhagen hotel accompanied by US Ambassador to Cyprus Michael Klosson, Weston said "we are obviously in the middle of a very intense process at a very crucial time".

"We will continue to do what we have been doing all along which is to very vigorously and intensely support the efforts of the UN to get a comprehensive settlement", adding that "we think that it is still possible and I am leaving now to go and support those efforts".|

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has put forward a revised peace plan aimed at reaching a comprehensive settlement to the protracted Cyprus problem.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 per cent of its territory.


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