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Cyprus and Arab League hold extensive talks in Nicosia
2005-06-28 12:17:07

Nicosia, Jun 28 (CNA) - Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs George Iacovou and Secretary General of the League of Arab States Amr Moussa held extensive talks today in Nicosia on issues concerning regional problems, including the Middle East question and the Cyprus problem, and found common understanding.

Iacovou said after the meeting that efforts were being made for an organised cooperation with the Arab League, and Moussa noted their common understanding regarding regional problems, noting that there were many serious issues on the international and regional scene that required such consultations.

Welcoming Moussa to Cyprus, Iacovou said ''an old friend came today,'' noting that he has known Moussa since 1983 and had ''a long cooperation with him as a diplomat, an Ambassador, a Permanent Representative of Egypt to the UN, and later on as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt for many years, and he is an established friend of Cyprus.''

Iacovou said they had ''extensive consultations, that basically covered the Arab world, security in the Middle East and the Cyprus problem.''

''There is full mutual understanding of positions. We will try to have an organised cooperation with the Arab League, which represents all Arab states,'' Iacovou said.

Moussa said he was ''very happy to visit my old friend and to spend some time with him and with other friends,'' noting that he was ''very gratified indeed'' to meet earlier today with President Tassos Papadopoulos and House of Representatives President Demetris Christofias.

He said they discussed ''the situation in our region, in the Mediterranean, the problems of the Middle East, and also about the future of the world in the light of the serious developments taking place on the international scene.''

Moussa added that this afternoon he will be giving a lecture as part of a series of lectures at the invitation of several institutes, European, international and Cypriot.

''I welcome that opportunity, especially at the present junction, when a lot of question marks are being raised,'' he said, adding that there is a need ''to clarify how we see the world and how we see our share in building a new sound international order.''

Asked if they reached common positions with Iacovou, Moussa said ''we discussed all those issues in general.''

''It is not a common position but a common understanding concerning the problems that we are facing. There are so many serious issues on the international and regional scenes that require such consultations,'' he added.

Asked which these issues were, Moussa referred to the Security Council and the United Nations reform, the situation in the Middle East, the Palestinian question in particular, Iraq, the Cyprus question and so on.

Replying to a question on the status the Turkish Cypriot side would have in the session of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference in Yemen, Moussa said ''the Islamic Conference is meeting nowadays and I really am not in the picture as to how things are going to develop.''

''The positions on that will be clarified as it unfolds,'' he added.

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