05 December, 2006
US Ambassador to Cyprus Ronald Schlicher said he was gratified that there has been some recent progress between the UN and the two sides in Cyprus, to get back to a process, which will lead to full flown negotiations to solve the Cyprus problem.
"The United States would like to see the Cyprus problem solved as soon as possible. Yesterday in fact. We think that the best way to get there is through negotiations between the two communities, using the UN as a mediator as it has always been," he noted.
"I am very gratified that there has been some recent progress between the UN and the two sides, to get back to a process, which is going to lead, maybe a little slower than we would like, but will lead to full flown negotiations to solve Cyprus problem," Schlicher noted.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied the island's northern third.
Source: Athens News Agency