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Cyprus and US start 2nd round of talks for WMD agreement
2005-04-06 12:15:00

Nicosia, 6 Apr (CNA) -- A 2nd round of bilateral talks between the Republic of Cyprus and the United States of America started today at the Cypriot Ministry of Foreign Affairs aimed at drafting an interstate agreement of cooperation between the two countries to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, their launching systems and materials by sea.

Cyprus Foreign Ministry Permanent Secretary Sotos Zackheos and US Charge d' Affaires Ned Nolan noted at the opening that the talks are held in the broader context of cooperation between Cyprus and the US, and the general effort of the international community to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

''Our area is very sensitive and Cyprus' cooperation in issues such as terrorism and WMD is decisive'', Zackheos stressed.

He noted that there are issues for the protection of sovereignty of states and the interests of the shipping industry, expressing the hope that an agreement will be achieved by tomorrow.

''We see this agreement within the framework of the excellent relations between Cyprus and the US and our cooperation in various fields'', he concluded.

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