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06 June, 1997
The Greek government welcomed yesterday the appointment of Mr. Richard Holbrooke as President Clinton's special emissary on Cyprus.
The Governement spokesman Mr. Dimitris Reppas said that the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State had a "greater political weight" than any other envoy who had previously been involved with the Cyprus issue. "Mr. Holbrooke's appointment clearly indicates the strong interest of the United States in undertaking an initiative on the Cyprus problem, which the former secretary of state can discuss in an effective manner," Mr. Reppas said.
The spokesman reiterated Greece's position that any Cyprus solution would have to be based on United Nations resolutions, the summit agreements of 1977 and 1979 and the conclusions from various talks on the issue. Commenting on forthcoming direct UN-sponsored talks in New York between Cyprus President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, Mr. Reppas said the US and other permanent UN Security Council members had already expressed interest. "The Cyprus government will be going to the talks in a spirit of good faith and willingness," Mr. Reppas added.
Repyling to a question about reports that the U. S. wanted a package solution to Greek-Turkish problems, Mr. Reppas said that "The Cyprus problem is not being discussed as a package together with Greek-Turkish relations and the Aegean. Mr. Holbrooke is an envoy for the Cyprus problem and has nothing to do with Greek-Turkish issues and the Aegean," he added.
Source: Athens News Agency