- The Washington Times - Monday, May 13, 2002

Cyprus solution soon
The ambassador from Cyprus predicts her divided island will be reunited within a year, after nearly three decades of bitter rivalry between ethnic Greeks and Turks.
"This is probably the most important period, the most crucial period, for Cyprus," Ambassador Erato Kozakou Marcoullis told editors and reporters at The Washington Times last week.
"In six months to a year, we will have a solution to the Cyprus problem."
Generations of foreign diplomats have been bedeviled by the complexity of reuniting the Mediterranean island the size of Connecticut, divided since 1974 between the internationally recognized Greek-Cypriot government and a Turkish-Cypriot regime recognized by only Turkey.
Mrs. Kozakou Marcoullis believes time and circumstances have created new incentives that will lead to reunion of the 760,000 Greek and 134,000 Turkish citizens.
The primary impetus is coming from the European Union. The Cypriot government has completed most of the requirements for EU membership and is encouraging the breakaway Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus to consider the benefits it would enjoy as a united country in Europe.
"We want to have Cyprus, a whole Cyprus, enter the EU," the ambassador said.
Another hopeful sign is that Cypriot President Glafcos Clerides and Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash have been holding regular talks since January. Although they have made little progress on the issues that divide them, the ambassador is encouraged because the two leaders are still meeting.
Also, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is planning to travel to Cyprus this month to give the talks a boost.

Chamberlin leaving post
The U.S. ambassador to Pakistan plans to resign her position within weeks to spend more time with her daughters, who were evacuated because of security threats.
A State Department official said Ambassador Wendy Chamberlin wants to return to the United States to be with her 13-year-old and 15-year-old daughters, who were sent home in March after a terrorist attack on a church in the capital, Islamabad, that killed five persons, including two Americans.
Her daughters were sent home in an earlier evacuation last fall because of the security situation in Islamabad. They returned to Pakistan in January.
"She was looking at an indefinite separation," the official said.
Mrs. Chamberlin, who is divorced, arrived in Islamabad in August. She is hoping for a State Department position in Washington.

Diplomatic traffic
Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:
Today
King Abdullah II of Jordan, who addresses the Brookings Institution on the crisis in the Middle East.
Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia, who meets President Bush tomorrow. He will also hold talks with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, Treasury Secretary Paul H. O'Neill, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice and other officials. On Wednesday, he will meet members of Congress and open a congressional caucus on Malaysia.
Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek, who meets President Bush on Friday. He addresses the Woodrow Wilson Center on Thursday.
Apostolos Kaklamanis, speaker of the Greek Parliament, who meets House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican, and other members of Congress.
Tomorrow
Oraz Jandosov, former deputy prime minister of Kazakhstan who was forced out of office for founding the Democratic Choice movement. He will address the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Thursday
North Korean defector Yoon Sung-soo, a former military officer, discusses conditions in North Korea at a 10 a.m. news conference at the National Press Club.
Friday
Luiz Felipe Lampreia, former foreign minister of Brazil, and Gelson Fonseca, Brazil's ambassador to the United Nations. They will participate in a panel discussion on Brazil's foreign policy at the Woodrow Wilson Center.



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