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Confusion over US dollar issue in Cyprus, Spokesman says
2004-11-02 12:08:33

Nicosia, Nov 2 (CNA) The Cyprus government is making efforts to clarify the issue of millions of US dollars allocated by the Congress for bicommunal projects, Government Spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides said today, adding that there has been an attempt to create confusion around this issue.

Asked to comment on a statement by US State Department Deputy Spokesman Adam Ereli that the money disbursed was well spent and effective and that charges were absurd and baseless, the Spokesman said he hoped ''they are absurd and baseless.

He reminded that State Department Spokesman Richard Boucher admitted that millions of dollars have been disbursed to Cyprus, adding that ''there are funds that were not revealed as usual by UNOPS and there was also a small amount of money allocated directly by the Embassy and other places but not UNOPS.

''Our effort is to clarify this issue, the Planning Bureau is asking, as every year, for full details. There is an effort to create confusion and a blackout, which I believe is not justified, the Spokesman said.

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