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Iacovou meets Powell in Washington
2003-06-12 11:11:04

by Demetris Apokis-- Washington, Jun 11 (CNA) - Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs Georgios Iacovou met today in Washington with US Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Speaking after the half-hour meeting with his US counterpart, Iacovou said it was ''very useful'' and they discussed the Cyprus problem, and that he elaborated on recent developments on the island.

Iacovou said he explained the Greek Cypriot side's positions regarding the solution of the Cyprus problem and ''the fact that we are facing a harsh negative stance from the Turks and that the US must turn to the Turkish side to resume procedures to solve the Cyprus problem under the good offices of the UN Secretary General''.

The Cyprus problem will be discussed during a lunch hosted by Powell at the State Department for Annan.

Asked if there would be any US intervention towards Ankara to exert pressure on Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash for a Cyprus settlement, Iacovou said he asked Powell ''to turn to Ankara especially now that the issues of the war on Iraq have been wrapped up and time must be found to start talks with Ankara''.|

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third.

CNA/DA/RG/EC/2003
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY
11/06/2003

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