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Papandreou and Gurel exchange views on Cyprus
2002-09-13 09:31:37

By Apostolis Zoupaniotis -- United Nations, Sep 13 (CNA) -- The protracted Cyprus question and the UN- led efforts to solve it was among the issues discussed here by the Foreign Ministers of Greece and Turkey, George Papandreou and Sukru Sina Gurel. CNA has learned that both sides reiterated their long standing positions on the issue.

Papandreou said he and Gurel exchanged views on the situation as it is now. "I don't want to get into details because first of all this is something between the two leaders and of course the UN," he added.

The two ministers agreed to establish direct communication between the Defence Ministries of Greece and Turkey and to sign a protocol concerning the establishment of a "Joint Standby Disaster Response Unity".|

As Gurel said they also agreed to "go swiftly on with our confidence building measures and that the dialogue of the Political Directors of the Foreign Ministries and we should go on with those meetings in an exploratory nature."

The Greek Foreign Minister noted that "what is very important from this meeting is that we have both found the will to continue on the course of cooperation and dialogue in trying to deal with many issues which over the years have divided us."

He stressed that "we still have many things to deal with ahead of us but we have had positive results, which must continue."

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