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Press Statement
Richard Boucher, Spokesman
Washington, DC
February 28, 2003


U.S. Support for U.N. Secretary-General Annan's Efforts on Cyprus

The United States has long supported the dedicated efforts of United Nations Secretary-General Annan to find a solution to the longstanding division of Cyprus, a solution which, as demonstrations in northern Nicosia yesterday made clear, so many Cypriots fervently desire. For this reason, we are encouraged that the leaders of the two communities on the island have accepted the Secretary-General's invitation to meet with him in The Hague on March 10.

Secretary-General Annan asked the leaders today to come to their crucial meeting in The Hague prepared to tell him whether or not they will put his revised proposal for a comprehensive Cyprus settlement to referenda in their communities March 30 for approval. He also asked the leaders to complete all necessary internal consultations and processes beforehand so that their responses are definitive.

The United States strongly supports this initiative by the Secretary General and believes that the United Nations' revised settlement plan represents a just, viable and durable solution to the division of Cyprus. Putting the UN plan to referenda is the most democratic and constructive way to determine the future of the people of Cyprus. It is exceptionally important that the extraordinary work of the Secretary-General succeed and that his comprehensive settlement plan be put to the people.

Cypriots should have a chance to say "yes" to their future together and in Europe. This is an opportunity which may not come again.

Released on February 28, 2003

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