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Cyprus FM in Paris to hold ''very important meetings''
2002-10-28 10:29:23

Copenhagen, Oct 28, (CNA) -- Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides considers his meetings this week in the French capital as very important as intensive efforts to reach a solution of the Cyprus problem continue and the island's accession course to the European Union is progressing.

Kasoulides will be visiting Paris between 28 and 31 October for meetings with French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin, Minister Delegate for European Affairs Noelle Lenoir and members of the Committee on Foreign Affairs at the French National Assembly and Senate and their delegations to the EU.

''I consider my meetings in Paris with the French government, the Senate and the National Assembly very important,'' Kasoulides told CNA, stressing that France plays an important role as a member of the EU as well as a permanent member of the UN Security Council.|

Kasoulides noted that he has already met with his British and German counterparts and added that since there is a new government in France, his meetings in the French capital will give him the chance to review efforts to solve the Cyprus issue and Cyprus' EU course ahead of the EU decisions on enlargment to be taken during the European Council in Copenhagen in December.

The minister will also discuss regional and international matters, such the situation in Iraq and the Middle East and issues relating to the International Criminal Court.

Kasoulides is due to arrive in Paris today via Amsterdam by train. The minister was to have accompanied President Glafcos Clerides in Copenhagen but bad weather forced him to change his plans.

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