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US promotes Cyprus reunification, Bush says
2005-07-20 14:35:41

Washington, D.C., Jul 19 -- US President George Bush stressed on Tuesday that his country promotes the reunification of Cyprus and is encouraging both sides on the island and the United Nations to create the appropriate conditions for the recommencement of a productive dialogue that will lead to a permanent and comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem.

Bush's remarks were made during a short tete-a-tete meeting he had with Cypriot opposition right-wing party (DISI) leader Nicos Anastasiades at the sidelines of a round table discussion of the leaders of the International Democratic Union, hosted by the US President in the White House.

The US promotes the reunification of Cyprus and for this reason is encouraging both the United Nations and the two communities on the island to create the conditions for the recommencement of a productive dialogue which will lead to a permanent and comprehensive solution to the Cyprus problem, Bush told Anastasiades according to a DISI press release.

Speaking during the discussion, Anastasiades said that Cyprus, with is geo-strategic importance could act as a bridge between the Middle East countries and the countries of North Africa.

''Cyprus, through a solution of the Cyprus problem, could become a model of peaceful coexistence and creation between citizens of different racial, religious and cultural orientation,'' Anastasiades noted.

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