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UK tells Cyprus to solve problems

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UK tells Cyprus to solve problems

By Tabitha Morgan

BBC News, Nicosia

The UK's Minister for Europe, Denis MacShane, has said that any new efforts to resolve the division of Cyprus must come from Cypriots themselves.

Mr MacShane was speaking on a visit to Cyprus, six months after Greek Cypriots rejected proposals for reuniting the island in a referendum.

He said the international community had done the most it could to facilitate the island's reunification.

The politicians of Cyprus, he added, should be able to solve the problem.

Speaking six months after UN-backed proposals to reunite Cyprus were rejected by 75% of the Greek Cypriot community, the minister said: "We really feel we've done everything we can."

"The next step has to be on the island," he added.

He told Greek and Turkish Cypriot journalists that while he respected the views of the majority of Greek Cypriot voters - that the UN reunification plan was unacceptable - he could not see an alternative to it.

But there remains very little enthusiasm for the UN proposals within the Greek Cypriot community.

Mr MacShane's overall message to Cypriots is that the UK is, for the moment at least, scaling down its efforts to find a solution to the Cyprus problem.

Story from BBC NEWS:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/worl...ope/3945261.stm

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Well its like this they want help they need to help themselves. They cannot expect to sit back and let everyone else do their dirty laundry for them without their own input.

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