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Ireland seeks to further enhance its good relations with Cyprus
2006-01-17 12:23:06

Nicosia, Jan 16 (CNA) -- Ireland is seeking to further strengthen its relations with the Republic of Cyprus and has expressed its sympathy towards the Cypriot people for the Cyprus issue, Chairman of the Irish Senate Rory Kiely has said, in statements after a meeting here with President of the House of Representatives Demetris Christofias.

The Cypriot House President thanked the Irish government and its people for the continuous support towards Cyprus.

''We have briefed the Irish delegation on the Cyprus problem and they expressed their support and understanding. We would like to thank Ireland for its solidarity. We have always been in favour of the unity of Ireland and the struggle of the Irish people to achieve this unity,'' Christofias said.

Kiely, on the island for an official visit, noted that every time they meet, they enhance their dialogue and their good relations, exchanging views on various issues.

''Both Cyprus and Ireland are divided. We have our problems in Ireland with the partition of our country. We have made some progress which hopefully might help the Cyprus situation. We are sympathetic to the Cyprus situation,'' Kiely stressed.

He also noted the very good relations between the Irish Prime Minister and the Cypriot President.

Christofias said that Ireland is a friendly country to Cyprus and that the relations between their parliaments are very close.

''The Republic of Ireland is a pioneer country in its modernisation efforts. New EU member states can gain from the Irish experience and Cyprus is working on that,'' Christofias concluded.

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