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20 November, 2002
US State Department special coordinator for Cyprus Thomas Weston arrived in Ankara on Tuesday for talks with the new Turkish government, a week after a UN peace plan for the long-standing Cyprus problem was handed to both communities on the island republic.
BR>Its time to solve this long-standing problem, and we must work hard to achieve this, he said from the Turkish capital.
BR>Weston also described the Annan peace plan as extremely complex, following his contacts at the Turkish foreign ministry, before adding that the US side wants this to be done as soon as possible, although a certain amount of time is necessary.
BR>He also reiterated, in response to press questions, that both sides have cited points in the plan they do not like, while both -- Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots -- must also make mutual concessions.
BR>Finally, asked about the new Turkish government, he expressed a hope that it will positively influence developments in the Cyprus issue, according to an Anadolu dispatch from Ankara.
Source: Athens News Agency