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UN official in Washington for Cyprus talks
2006-03-02 13:31:27

Washington, Mar 2 -- Ibrahim Gambari, UN Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs, visited Washington from February 27-28, for contacts with State Department officials dealing with the Cyprus issue.

During his stay, Gambari also gave a lecture at the Center of Strategic and International Studies, on the possibilities the UN has to deal peacefully with conflicts around the world.

Responding to a question on Cyprus, Gambari said the Secretary General is trying to ripen this issue because he met with Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos again.

“There is a Turkish initiative on the table and he is just trying to keep momentum. He has asked me to come to Washington and talk to senior officials here as what to what can we do jointly to put pressure on the parties to move towards a negotiated peace”, he said.

Gambari has also met with US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Mathew Bryza who intends to visit Cyprus.

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