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Press Statement (Revised)
Philip T. Reeker, Deputy Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 10, 2002


Submission of Revised UN Cyprus Plan

We have long supported the United Nations efforts to achieve a Cyprus settlement, and we welcome UN Secretary-General Annan's decision today to submit a revised version of his November 11 comprehensive settlement proposal to the two sides on Cyprus. We believe the revised proposal should lead to rapid agreement.

The Secretary-General's revised proposal contains important changes that represent significant improvements for both sides. These changes reflect the concerns of both sides and are the direct result of intensive UN talks in Cyprus over the past few days and the substantive comments provided by the two sides to the UN regarding its November 11 proposal.

This is a defining moment when history can be written by courageous leaders with vision. We continue to urge at the highest levels the two sides, Turkey, and Greece to seize the historic opportunity to reach a settlement before the EU makes its decision on enlargement at its Copenhagen Summit December 12-13. We believe this should occur on the basis of the UN's revised Cyprus settlement proposal, which we believe protects the legitimate interests of both Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots as well as those of Greece and Turkey.

Released on December 10, 2002

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