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US White House Press Briefing (96-02-06)

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THE WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING ROOM

February 6, 1996

PRESS BRIEFING BY MIKE MCCURRY

1:23 P.M. EST

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary


For Immediate Release
February 6, 1996

PRESS BRIEFING
BY MIKE MCCURRY

The Briefing Room

1:23 P.M. EST

[...]

Q Mike, can you confirm a wire story that the President wrote to Turkish leader Tansu Ciller? And did he write a letter to any Greek leader?

MR. MCCURRY: I know that the story has come out of Ankara saying that he wrote to Prime Minister Ciller. I would hasten to add that he also wrote to President Demirel and to Prime Minister Simitis, the new Greek Prime Minister. And, again, it was in furtherance of his discussions with all three last week. We thanked them for their cooperation and successfully resolving the issue involving an islet in the Aegean Sea.

Q What does the letter say?

MR. MCCURRY: It says "thank you."

Q Is it a similar or duplicate letter to all three?

MR. MCCURRY: I believe the letters to all three were virtually identical. It thanks them for following up on the President's phone conversation and expresses the President's gratitude for their willingness to address this in a fashion that did not allow tensions to escalate.

Q And does he go on to ask them to further cooperate in the process of resolving the Cyprus dispute?

MR. MCCURRY: It reiterated our view that for two such close and valued allies, we hope that they can address issues in dispute in a way that avoids tension and avoids escalation. I'm not aware of the issue made reference to, that the letters made reference to the Cyprus issue.

[...]

Okay. Thank you.

THE PRESS: Thank you.

END
1:44 P.M.

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