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China supports just Cyprus settlement
2005-04-11 14:37:15

Nicosia, Apr 11 (CNA) - China, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, has always supported and will continue to support a just solution of the Cyprus problem in the UN framework, Chairman of the Sichuan Provincial People's Congress of the People's Republic of China Zhang Xuezhong said today.

Speaking through an interpreter after a meeting with Cypriot House of Representatives President Demetris Christofias, Zhang Xuezhong, who is heading a delegation currently visiting Cyprus at the invitation of the House, said ''we fully understand the efforts you are making for a just and viable solution of the Cyprus problem.''

Christofias thanked Zhang Xuezhong for China's stance on the Cyprus problem, ''especially last year during discussions on the UN Secretary General's report to the Security Council after the referenda'' in Cyprus on a UN plan for a settlement.

The House President briefed the Chinese delegation on current developments in the Cyprus problem and they exchanged views on the development of relations between the two countries.

Zhang Xuezhong expressed gratitude towards the Republic of Cyprus for its support in the Taiwan question and the lifting of the arms embargo from China to the EU.

Christofias said Cyprus has become an official holiday destination for the Chinese, which opens new prospects for tourism from China, especially the Sichuan Province.

Zhang Xuezhong said the Sichuan Province has a population of 87 million, ''many of which would like to visit Cyprus.''

He added that China, which is a developing country, can learn a lot from Cyprus, which is a developed country, noting that ''cooperation and the exchange of experiences is very important.''

The Chinese delegation was also received today by President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos. Also on today's agenda are meetings with Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism George Lillikas and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation Photis Photiou.

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