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04/12/04 - State Department

U-S pressures Greeks, Turks to accept U-N reunification plan for Cyprus

The Bush administration is putting intense pressure on both Greeks and Turks in Cyprus to vote in favor of a reunification plan put forward by U-N chief Kofi Annan.

Cyprus has been divided since Turkish troops invaded the island in 1974.

The State Department points out the U-N plan offers reunification, while at the same time giving both Greeks and Turks considerable control over their own affairs.

Some quarters have been trying to rework parts of the U-N plan, but State Department spokesman Richard Boucher says there is no "plan B" -- insisting that it's a "final plan" for Cyprus.

Residents of Cyprus are to vote on the plan this month.

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