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Cyprus FM to meet US Secretary of State on Monday
2005-07-21 15:07:06

Nicosia, Jul 21 -- Cyprus Foreign Minister George Iacovou announced he has received an invitation from US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice for a meeting with her in Washington, that will take place on Monday, July 25th, at 2pm local time.

Mr. Iacovou said the meeting would cover issues concerning the US - Cyprus relations and the Cyprus problem.

Today, Mr. Iacovou elaborated on the upcoming meeting:

''I will devote all 40 minutes at my disposal to present our positions mainly on the Cyprus problem, rather than to complain about things which have happened in the past."

According to the Cypriot Foreign Minister, ''such visits aim at improving relations between states and adopting positions, and particularly in our case, our desire to restart negotiations on the basis of the Annan plan for a solution to the Cyprus problem”.

Mr. Iacovou admitted that the US have different views on the Cyprus problem, adding that ''I will try to convince them that the only way out and the only process that will bring about a solution is the one that we propose.''

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