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Cyprus says Greece will convey positions to US
2006-03-23 13:51:42

Nicosia, Mar 23 - Cyprus Government Spokesman George Lillikas has expressed certainty that Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Dora Bakoyianni today will convey the positions of the Greek government on the Cyprus problem, to US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Ms. Bakoyianni and Ms. Rice are meeting this afternoon at the US State Department.

The positions of the Greek government on the Cyprus problem were reconfirmed during President Tassos Papadopoulos' visit to Athens last week.

Mr. Lillikas said he hoped the US would exert influence on Turkey ''in order to convince Ankara to concede to beginning a process to prepare talks, which could lead to a solution of the Cyprus problem and the reunification of Cyprus.''

He reiterated that the cooperation between the governments of Cyprus and Greece was continuous and noted that all developments were discussed during President Papadopoulos' trip to Athens.

''Efforts are being made by the UN as well and we are hoping that soon the process will be implemented and the technical committees will convene,'' he added.

Asked if the Greek Cypriot side had appointed the persons to participate in the technical committees, Mr. Lillikas said they will be appointed once UN Secretary General Kofi Annan calls on the parties to do so, adding that the government is ready to give the names of the members.

Regarding the agenda of the technical committees, Lillikas said the effort is to prepare the ground for talks and that ''we are not interested in knowing why we are living apart but how to reunite Cyprus.''

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