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US official continues contacts in Cyprus
2006-07-18 10:39:35

Nicosia, Jul 18 (CNA) -- Matthew Bryza, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, held today a series of contacts with Turkish Cypriot political leaders.

Bryza, who arrived in Cyprus last Saturday, after visiting Ankara and Athens, met with Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat at his office. Later on he had separate meetings with Republican Turkish Party (CTP) leader Ferdi Sabit Soyer and his ''coalition'' partner Democratic Party (DP) leader Serdar Denktash at their own offices.

No statement was made after the meetings. Bryza will hold a press conference later today.

Hasan Ercakica, spokesman of the so-called presidency, said that Talat explained to Bryza the stance of the Turkish Cypriot community regarding the Cyprus problem.

''Talat basically explained our position in detail, particularly on two main issues, the recent development following the visit of UN Undersecretary General for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari, the agreement reached by the two leaders and also they have exchanged views on the possible developments on this issue and the developments which arose following the membership of Cyprus to the EU, and the implementation of the financial aid regulation and the direct trade regulation.''

Replying to a question, Ercakica said that there was no proposal submitted by Byza during the meeting, noting that Brzya was mostly briefed by Talat, adding that Bryza gave no assurance that the so-called isolation of the Turkish Cypriots will end.

The US official will meet tomorrow with Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs George Lillikas. He departs tomorrow from Cyprus.

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