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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 06-08-03

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>


CONTENTS

  • [01] FM - PAPADOPOULOS - TALAT
  • [02] BELGIUM - LEBANON - AID
  • [03] BUSH - CYPRUS - LEBANON

  • [01] FM - PAPADOPOULOS - TALAT

    President Tassos Papadopoulos is willing to meet with Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, whenever there is an issue at hand to discuss with regard to the Cyprus problem, Foreign Minister George Lillikas said .

    The government of Cyprus stands firm by its policy, that whenever there is an issue for discussion regarding the Cyprus problem, especially if it concerns the substance of the problem, President Papadopoulos will be willing to meet with Talat, either to provide political guidance to the experts and the technical committees trying to prepare the ground or to help overcome any problems that may arise during this procedure, Lillikas said.

    The Minister was asked about a proposal Papadopoulos has communicated to Talat, through the UN, for a meeting to review and evaluate developments following the exchange of lists of issues to be discussed on a technical level and after discussions between their respective representatives, in line with the July 8th agreement between Papadopoulos and Talat.

    President Papadopoulos, the Minister noted, has undertaken the initiative to help so that the process yields results.

    [02] BELGIUM - LEBANON - AID

    Belgium is using Cyprus facilities to transfer humanitarian aid to the tried region of Lebanon.

    On Thursday morning, Belgian Minister of Defence, Andre Flahaut, arrived in Cyprus and then boarded a military aircraft at the Andreas Papandreou military base in Paphos, heading to Beirut for the first humanitarian aid to be handed over to humanitarian organizations in Lebanon.

    Cypriot Foreign Minister George Lillikas told reporters that more missions with Belgian humanitarian aid will follow.

    [03] BUSH - CYPRUS - LEBANON

    US President George Bush has sent a thank you letter to the President of Cyprus Republic Tassos Papadopoulos as regards the help offered to Americans, who fled Lebanon via Cyprus.

    On behalf of the people of the United States, I express my thanks for the assistance the Republic of Cyprus extended to more than 13,000 Americans who transited Cyprus after departing from Lebanon. The acts of kindness that officials of your government and the Cypriot public exhibited underscored the strong ties between our peoples, he said.

    ``I look forward to continued cooperation between the United States and the Republic of Cyprus, President Bush concludes in his letter.


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