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Rice and Papandreou look into Cyprus developments
2003-09-17 11:13:00

by Demetris Apokis

Washington, Sep 17 (CNA) -- The Cyprus problem was among the issues discussed during a meeting US President's National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice had here yesterday with Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou.

Papandreou told the press after the meeting that they elaborated on developments anticipated in the following months that will be, as he noted, important for Cyprus ''because Cyprus becomes a member of the European Union and the way is opened for new initiatives, once the Turkish Cypriots and Turkey show really will'' for a Cyprus settlement.

The Greek Foreign Minister noted that Turkey is seeking to secure by the end of 2004 a date for the start of accession negotiations with the EU and its stance on Cyprus will be evaluated at that time.

Papandreou said that during his meeting with Rice he underlined that the US constant solidarity with the UN efforts, the US insistence for a just solution within the lines of the UN resolutions ''is something that will substantially contribute to the settlement of the Cyprus problem.''

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