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Greek FM discusses Cyprus question with US and Russian officials
2006-06-30 11:45:22

Moscow, Jun 30? Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyiannis discussed on Thursday the Cyprus question with US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns and with the Secretary of the Russian Security Council Igor Ivanov.

Mrs. Bakoyiannis told the press that he discussed with Burns and Ivanov mainly about the forthcoming visit to UN Undersecretary for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari to Cyprus and for the EU positions, outlined by Brussels European Council and reiterated almost every day by all competent persons, Commissioners, Foreign Ministers or the Presidency.

She added that the positions regarding the enlargement are particularly explicit as regards the Ankara protocol and noted that the EU expects by Turkey within 2006 to honor its signature and implement the Ankara Protocol ?a position which the EU does not intend to quit.?

Replying to a question, the Greek FM said it is difficult for her to speak about the prospects.

?Gambari is coming ? I guess ? with concrete proposals that we haven?t seen yet and that I don?t know,? she added.

Mrs. Bakoyiannis said that ?the Security Council is supportive to Mr. Gambari?s initiative and to the decision taken during the meeting of President Papadopoulos with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. To begin ?technical? negotiations, that will have a political leg, with a view to prepare a new initiative of the SG. We are expecting Gambari?s visit and we will see how this visit will develop after his presence to Cyprus.?

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