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Greek PM will also discuss the Cyprus problem with US President
2005-05-19 13:34:40

Washington, DC, May 19 -- Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis is due to arrive here tonight for a visit during which he will also discuss the Cyprus problem with US President George Bush.

Greek Foreign Ministry Spokesman George Koumoutsakos yesterday said in Athens: "Regarding the course of the Cyprus issue, this is at a procedural stage and following cooperation between Athens and Nicosia, a specific approach has been adopted and is currently underway, which concerns the contacts taking place at the UN headquarters in New York."

He also noted that the talks at the UN have been described as 'investigative and preliminary' for a procedure that could prospectively be commenced.

On the possibility of specific proposals on the Cyprus issue being submitted in the framework of Karamanlis' meeting with Bush tomorrow, Koumoutsakos said that the agenda items had already been formally announced, adding that the Cyprus issue was at a specific procedural stage, and that there was no issue of proposals being put forward on the part of the Greek Foreign Ministry.

Moreover, Koumoutsakos told journalists that there are thoughts of holding an international conference on the Middle East, which he said, was one of the items on the table of discussions between Karamanlis and Bush.

"The discussions," he added, "always advanced ideas for the consolidation of stability and peace in the wider region."

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