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Cyprus FM in Lebanon next week
2006-08-17 11:52:59

Nicosia, Aug 17-- Cyprus Foreign Minister George Lillikas departs next Thursday, 24 August, for Beirut at the invitation of Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora for consultations with the Lebanese government, it was officially announced.

The Foreign Minister has sent a letter to his Finnish counterpart Erkki Tuomioja, whose country holds this semester's EU Presidency, as well as to the EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana, in which he states that ''Cyprus places at the disposal of the EU and the UN its infrastructure for the transfer of humanitarian aid to Lebanon, as well as members and equipment of the UN Peacekeeping Force in the area?.

?Moreover, the Republic of Cyprus offers to send two officers of its National Guard to Lebanon, to participate in the UN Peacekeeping Force, in accordance with the recent UN Security Council resolution?, the letter added.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nicosia has described UN Security Council resolution 1701 ''a positive step towards peace and stability in the Middle East.

It also expressed satisfaction with the unanimous adoption of the resolution and welcomed its approval by the governments of Lebanon and Israel.

''The resolution, which calls for the comprehensive solution of a conflict which has cost the lives of hundreds of innocent people, constitutes a positive step towards peace and stability in the Middle East,'' an official press release said.

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