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04 May, 2001
The Bush administration, through Secretary of State Colin Powell, on Thursday clearly blamed Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash for the first time for being responsible for the recent deadlock in the Cyprus issue.
Testifying before a Senate committee, Powell said "we are in a state of partial stagnation due to the position adopted by Mr. Denktash", adding that Washington supports the efforts by the UN to persuade the Turkish Cypriot leader to return to the Cyprus talks.
Powell also said that he is examining the Cyprus issue and seeking the best way for US involvement and the role the special coordinator on the Cyprus issue should play.
Source: Athens News Agency