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Cypriot FM holds meetings in Ramallah
2005-05-17 11:54:53

by Athena Arsalidou

Ramallah, May 17 (CNA)-- Cypriot Foreign Minister George Iacovou met today in Ramallah with Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority Ahmad Qurei and the presidency of the Palestinian Legislative Council.

Diplomatic sources told CNA that Iacovou noted at the meetings that after Cyprus accession to the EU, the island is more in the position to contribute to the promotion of a solution in the Middle East problem.

The same sources added that Iacovou also expressed Cyprus' readiness to help Palestinians create the infrastructure in various areas and to contribute by training policemen and public administrators or by cooperating with them in the health sector, especially by building medical centres in the Palestinian territory as soon as the Gaza disengagement plan is concluded, most probably this Autumn.

Iacovou also briefed them on the current situation in Cyprus regarding the political problem and underlined that there must be vigilance Turkish manoeuvres in the Islamic Conference Organisation.

At the meetings both sides exchanged views regarding the peace process in the Middle East. Cypriot Minister reassured the Palestinian officials that Cyprus is ready to contribute to the promotion of the peace process.

The Palestinian officials explained their views regarding the planned disengagement of Israel from Gaza as well as the further steps. They also congratulated Cyprus for its accession to the EU.

At the meetings in Ramallah the two sides underlined the traditional friendly relations of the people of Cyprus and Palestine.

Moreover during an official dinner yesterday, the Minister informed the eleven Ambassadors accredited to Cyprus and based in Israel, regarding the developments in the Cyprus issue.

He also briefed them on his meetings with the Israeli leadership as well as on the Cypriot-Israeli relations.

This afternoon he will give three interviews to Israeli Media.

He returns home tomorrow morning.

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