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14 May, 1998
The Cyprus issue, especially in light of developments after the end of the Cold War, is an obvious anachronism which must be eliminated, Foreign Undersecretary Yiannos Kranidiotis told the 9th annual conference of the Cypriot Struggle World Coordinating Committee (PSEKA) here yesterday. He said the course towards Cyprus' membership in the European Union will act as a catalyst for a solution of the island's political problem, and will greatly contribute to improving the standard of living of the Turkish Cypriot community, as well as mai ntaining the cultural, religious and national heritage of all Cypriots. Referring to various reactions to the deployment of Russian-made S-300 anti-aircraft missiles on Cyprus, he said the international community, instead of exerting pressure on Nicosia - which has made clear the conditions under which it will be prepared to reconsider its decision - should turn their efforts towards the demilitarisation of the island and make it clear to Turkey that it is the large-scale
gathering of weapons in occupied northern Cyprus that upsets balances.
After Mr. Kranditiotis' speech, members of the committee visited the White House, and were briefed by Clinton adiministration officials on the latest developments on the Cyprus issue. Officials reiterated the US president's personal interest in a soluti on and the fact that Turkey was responsible for the recently renewed stalemate in talks US envoy Richard Holbrooke had in Nicosia with the leaders of both communities.
Source: Athens News Agency