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US welcomes Papadopoulos-Talat agreement
2006-07-11 16:16:21

by Apostolis Zoupaniotis

New York, Jul 11 (CNA) - US State Department Spokesman Sean Mccormack said the US welcomes the outcome of the meetings of UN Undersecretary General Ibrahim Gambari, Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat.

''We look forward to the start of the talks by the end of the month, as agreed by the leaders, on both everyday and substantive issues'', he said adding that ''we hope that the agreed formula will set the stage for comprehensive negotiations on the Cyprus issue''.

''As always, we stand ready to assist the U.N. and the two sides in this important effort, and continue to encourage the parties to remain flexible and engaged'', he concluded.

Asked what happened to the Annan plan, McCormack replied: ''We think that this is a -- this is certainly a promising development and we're going to try to build on it''.

President Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat agreed Saturday during a meeting with UN Undersecretary General for political affairs Ibrahim Gambari that the technical committees on the Cyprus problem should begin their work by the end of July and that the leaders themselves would meet from time to time to review the process.

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