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US to pledge a substantial amount at Donor's conference
2004-04-14 16:46:33

by Demetris Apokis

Washington, Apr 14 (CNA)--The US government will pledge a substantial amount during the preparatory Donors' Conference, to take place in Brussels tomorrow, State Department Spokesman Richard Boucher has said.

''We're going to go to the donors' conference in Brussels tomorrow and pledge a substantial amount'', Boucher said at his daily press briefing, during which he announced that Secretary of State Colin Powell had telephone conversations with Cypriot Former Presidents Glafcos Clerides and George Vasiliou, left wing AKEL party leader Demetris Christofias, right wing DISI President Nicos Anastasiades as well as with so called prime minister Mehmet Ali Talat.

Replying to a remark that Powell did not talk with Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, Boucher noted that ''obviously we would welcome a change of mind''.

''We also want to talk to people who may be in the process of making a decision on their positions, people who may be outspoken already in support of the referendum so that we can make sure that we are meeting the needs of those who support the referendum'' the State Department Spokesman added.

Boucher also reiterated that the US government is going ''going to do everything we can to try to support this agreement, and we think it is the best course forward'', noting that the proposed agreement offers "specific benefits to both Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots alike''.

''We're going to be working with the United Nations to make sure that everybody on the island and elsewhere understands that the United States and the United Nations will work to ensure implementation of the agreement, and consistently find ways to make clear our view that this is an agreement - this is an opportunity for the people of Cyprus that needs to be taken'', Boucher concluded.

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