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US high ranking official to visit Cyprus
2005-04-26 12:47:34

Nicosia, Apr 26 (CNA) -- US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Laura Kennedy will be in Cyprus next week for contacts with the government, Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos said here today.

He said there is an agenda for his meeting with Kennedy on May 5 which is part of the regular briefing the US has with regard to developments in Cyprus.

''I expect to have a good discussion. We shall outline our views and assess US intentions with regard to the issue of Cyprus,'' President Papadopoulos said, responding to questions.

Asked if he considers the visit the start of new moves on Cyprus, he replied: ''no, I do not think so'', pointing out that ''we know very well that the US has an interest in developments in Cyprus.''

Asked what he expects from next week's meeting, he said ''there is an agenda, the meeting is part of the routine US briefing on developments here and it was planned some time ago.''

''Our position is that every development on Cyprus is under the auspices of the UN that have the first word,'' he stressed.

Responding to questions, Papadopoulos said he did not know whether Kennedy's visit will be followed by a visit of a UN official.

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