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State Department Official visits Cyprus and meets with President Christofias
2011-10-20 08:03:13

Special Assistant to Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Eric Rubin has expressed optimism about the outcome of a meeting Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu will have in October with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in New York.

Following the conclusion of his meeting with the President, Mr. Rubin stated that he and President Christofias discussed "hopes for a positive outcome in his trip to New York but also talked about US-Cypriot relations and hope that we can develop them further."

The U.S. official described his meeting with President Christofias as "very positive, very forward looking", adding that the U.S. is "very hopeful that we will see some steps forward when the parties meet with the Secretary General in New York."

Mr. Rubin also stressed that the U.S. are "doing everything we can to support (the meeting) and would do everything we can to support the people of Cyprus not just politically but also economically working together to develop our relations and to help with the prosperity of both countries."

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