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Cyprus and US reach agreement on WMD non-proliferation efforts
2005-06-16 10:17:22

Larnaca, Jun 16 -- Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos said that the Republic of Cyprus has reached a satisfactory agreement with the US to prevent the trafficking of mass destruction weapons, noting that Cyprus will be the first EU country to reach such an agreement with the US.

''In our position, our effort is to maintain good relations with all countries, especially a superpower such as the US, and we all know the influence it has on all developments, the Security Council, the UN and even the Cyprus problem,'' he told reporters at Larnaca Airport before departing for Brussels.

Commenting on press reports that efforts were being made to iron out relations between the Republic of Cyprus and the US, President Papadopoulos said this effort was ''useful both for us and for the US, especially when one takes into consideration some US actions in the recent past that created bitterness, or even challenge the feelings of the Greek Cypriot people.''

''We have already agreed with the US to sign a bilateral agreement regarding the so-called initiative in preventing the trafficking of mass destruction weapons and he have reached a satisfactory for us bilateral agreement,'' he added.

The President noted that Minister of Foreign Affairs George Iacovou is in contact with the US State Department and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice in this regard.

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