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Bush says submission of Annan plan "particularly significant"
2003-01-08 09:51:01

Nicosia, Jan 8 (CNA) -- US President George Bush described as "particularly significant" the submission of UN Secretary-General's plan for a Cyprus settlement to the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities.

The statement was contained in a letter accompanying his bimonthly report to the Congress on efforts towards a negotiated settlement of the Cyprus question, covering the period of October 1 - November 30, 2002.

He stressed "the US remains committed to the UN effort to find a just and lasting settlement to the Cyprus problem".|

"Particularly significant during this period was UN Secretary-General Annan's submission on November 11 to Greek Cypriot leader Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash of a proposed basis for a Cyprus settlement", he added.

As in the past reporting periods, he said, "US officials provided diplomatic support to the process, including Secretary of State (Colin) Powell, National Security Advisor (Condoleezza) Rice, Cyprus Coordinator Thomas G. Weston and Ambassador to Cyprus, Michael Klosson".

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37 percent of the island's territory.


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