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US hope for more contacts that will help lead to a Cyprus settlement
2007-09-12 14:37:50

Nicosia, Sep 7 – The US State Department hopes that the meeting held on the 5th of September between Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat would be the first of a number of additional contacts that would help lead to a resolution of the Cyprus question.

Replying to a question regarding the meeting,  State Department Deputy Spokesman Tom Casey said “we welcome the meeting between these two leaders. It's important, of course, to be dialogue on this issue to achieve a resolution of the long-standing conflict in Cyprus.”

“I'm not aware that we've received any kind of formal readout on their discussions, but certainly we would hope that this would be the first of any number of additional contacts that would help lead to a resolution of this long- standing conflict. It's certainly something that the people of Cyprus deserve,” he added.

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