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Cyprus participates in Rome conference on Lebanon
2006-07-27 12:16:31

Brussels, Jul 27 -- A high-profile international conference on the Middle East was attended by a top-level EU delegation, including Mediterranean member states Spain, Greece and Cyprus."

The extraordinary meeting in Rome, chaired by Italian Foreign Minister Massimo d'Alema, addressed the ongoing bloodshed between Israel and Islamist Hezbollah fighters in Lebanon, with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan participating in the talks.

Speaking at the conference, Cyprus Foreign Minister George Lillikas referred to the human dimension of the conflict, pointing out the need for humanitarian aid to the civilians in the battered country.

''Cyprus is ready to contribute in a substantial and constructive manner to sending humanitarian aid to Lebanon'' Mr. Lillikas noted, according to an official press release.

During the conference, the Foreign Ministers representing countries from all over the world as well as representatives from international organisations focused on the human dimension of the conflict, the urgent need for the termination of the hostilities, and discussed the possibility for deploying an international peace force in Lebanon.

''The proposals and suggestions by the participants constitute a good basis for the presentation of a solid proposal aiming at the termination of hostilities and the creation and deployment of an international peace force in the country,'' Mr. Lillikas said.

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