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Greece: Developments regarding Cyprus do not have a unilateral character
2006-03-16 14:19:54

by Christa Nicolaou

Athens, Mar 16 (CNA) – Recent positive developments as regards Cyprus do not have a unilateral character, Greek Foreign Ministry Spokesman George Koumoutsakos has said.

Commenting on reports that Turkey has rejected a request by UN Secretary General Special Representative to Cyprus Michael Moller to visit Ankara, Koumoutsakos said that it is the Secretary General who decides for the appointment of his associates.

He noted that as regards Cyprus there are two positive developments that do not have a unilateral character: the approval of the EU financial regulation for the Turkish Cypriots and the press statement issued after the Paris meeting between UN Secretary General and Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos.

“I believe a positive dynamic is being created, which must be used by the parties involved and those countries which from time to time have expressed their interest for progress”, Koumoutsakos said adding that «an awkward lack of response is visible” on the part of Turkey.

Koumoutsakos announced today that Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyiannis departs for the USA on the 22nd of March, where she will meet with her US counterpart Condoleezza Rice.

During her visit in the US, Bakoyiannis will also have meetings with the Greek diaspora in New York.

He said it is possible that the Greek FM will also hold meetings with the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and the Pentagon, but noted that the schedule of the meetings is not yet finalized.

He further noted that the meeting with Secretary Rice will be informative, adding that they will discuss issues of common interest.

Responding to another question he said that it is possible that Bakoyiannis will visit Cyprus after her visit to the US.

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