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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 11-11-09

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    British Foreign Secretary William Hague has said that his country supports fully and unequivocally the rights of Cyprus to its EEZ.

    He further noted that Britain welcomes the talks that have taken place recently under the auspices of the UN Secretary General and looks forward to further progress in those talks.

    The remarks were made after Hague met in London Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis who agreed that bilateral relations with Britain need to be strengthened.

    I am very satisfied with our talks and I believe we can start a new effort in our relations, which are, of course on a high level, but there is room to improve them, she added.

    Hague told Marcoullis it is very important to reinforce our bilateral relations which are strong and important for many reasons. Being in the EU and the Commonwealth together but also because of our common interests in so many regional affairs.

    He remarked that we have got a very good basis for those bilateral relations-the Memorandum which President Christofias and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown signed three years ago. We want to build on that.

    The British Foreign Secretary said the two had a good discussion about many issues, in particular about the forthcoming Presidency of the EU for Cyprus in the second half of 2012.

    We wish to support that and help in any way that we can at a very difficult time in European affairs, he added.

    Hague said he and Marcoullis have discussed the situation around the Middle East particularly in Syria, Egypt and Libya.

    On the Cyprus issue, Hague said in the UK as in all the countries in Europe we want to see a settlement in Cyprus. The lines along which we want to see that are very well established. We welcome the talks that have taken place recently under the auspices of the UN Secretary General. We look forward to further progress in those talks.

    In her remarks, Marcoullis said they had a very thorough discussion on a number of issues of mutual concern, primarily the Cyprus question and the developments regarding the negotiations and the meetings in New York.

    At the same time, she added, we have important project of exploratory drilling in the EEZ of Cyprus and the UK reiterated its support for the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus in its EEZ both orally and in many other ways and we are very grateful for this support on the part of the UK.

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