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Cyprus welcomes US approach to British remarks
2006-02-14 15:16:37

Nicosia, Feb 10 (CNA) - Cypriot Government Spokesman George Lillikas welcomed today the approach of the US State Department Spokesman, who had commented on remarks by British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw by referring to the necessity to avoid acrimonious exchanges of statements and for more understanding and serious effort to reach a solution.

''We consider such approaches productive, they are in the right direction, and can help create the necessary climate to prepare the ground so that we can proceed with a process, which we have on many occasions described, to achieve a solution and the reunification of Cyprus,'' Lillikas said.

Referring to Britain, Lillikas noted that the government does not wish to continue the controversy but would not remain apathetic when it is provoked.

Asked what the government expected from the representations it made to the British High Commissioner in Cyprus regarding Straw's remarks, Lillikas said it expected an explanation and expressed certainty that it would receive it.

He added that the government wanted from Britain ''the necessary objectivity and neutrality so that its role can be constructive and creative.''

Replying to questions, Lillikas said the structured dialogue between Cyprus and Britain continued on a series of issues, where there is a potential for cooperation.

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