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Cyprus FM meets with Arab counterparts
2006-03-28 13:36:58

Nicosia, Mar 28 – Foreign Minister George Iacovou has discussed the Cyprus question in Khartoum with Arab Foreign Ministers.

He also discussed the status of Turkish Cypriot participation in the Islamic Conference Organisation and resolutions on Cyprus adopted by the Organisation, bilateral relations, the Palestinian issue and other matters of mutual interest.

Mr. Iacovou had separate meetings with the Foreign Ministers of Jordan, Syria, Morocco and the Palestinian Authority and with the State Minister for Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, whom he briefed on the reasons that led the Greek Cypriots to reject in April 2004 a UN solution plan (the Annan plan).

He also briefed them on the latest developments in Cyprus, with special emphasis on government policy to support the Turkish Cypriots and the conclusion of a recent meeting in Paris between President Papadopoulos and UN Secretary General.

The Arab Ministers expressed hope that recent developments will lead to intensive negotiations to solve the Cyprus question, a press release said.

All meetings took place in a very friendly climate and the Minister’s interlocutors expressed satisfaction for the content of his speech before the preparatory meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Arab League member states.

Jordanian Foreign Minister described Cyprus as an example that small countries should follow, with regard to its accomplishments especially in the social-economic field. He also expressed a desire for a closer relationship with Cyprus.

The Foreign Minister of Syria referred to the traditional ties and excellent relations between Cyprus and Syria, underlining that he looks forward to their continuation and further enhancement.

The meeting with the Foreign Minister of Morocco covered boarder cooperation among countries participating in the Barcelona Process.

Mr. Iacovou agreed with the Minister of State of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates on the accreditation for the first time of a Cypriot Ambassador to Abu Dhabi, based in Nicosia.

The Minister of the United Arab Emirates backed cooperation with Cyprus in the financial and trade sectors and in investment.

The Foreign Minister of the Palestinian Authority briefed Mr. Iacovou on developments in the Palestinian territories after the victory of Hamas at the elections.

The Palestinian Minister said he looked forward to Cyprus’ important role in shaping EU policy towards the Palestinian Authority to assist peace negotiations for a final settlement in the Middle East issue.

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