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Cyprus PIO: News Update in English, 99-11-18
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From: The Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office Server at <http://www.pio.gov.cy/>
Thursday, 18 November 1999
Speaking to the press upon his arrival, President Clerides said that he received assurances from the US authorities that proximity talks will focus on the substance of the Cyprus problem and will cover its key aspects.
President Clerides also said that before accepting Secretary General Annan`s invitation for talks he had read President Clinton`s statement welcoming the negotiations.
Foreign Minister Mr. Ioannis Kasoulides and Government Spokesman Mr. Michalis Papapetrou also attended the meeting, which was held on the sidelines of the 1999 OSCE Istanbul Summit.
Speaking to the press, Mr. Kasoulides described the meeting as "very satisfactory" and added that "a mutual understanding" prevailed with regard to the two parties/ positions on the matters that have been discussed.
In his speech Mr Neophytou stressed the role of the Organisation in promoting the interests of all its members and pointed to the need for the Organisation to re-examine the methods of co-operation with other international organisations dealing with maritime matters.
He added that Cyprus has placed before the Assembly its candidacy for re- election as a member of the Council in order "to continue serving the Organisation with the some commitment and zeal that we have done so far".
Mr. Rakhmanin also said that Russia has always supported a just and permanent solution to the Cyprus problem that will safeguard the interests of all Cypriots as well as the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of the Republic. Those parameters have already been set in the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions, he added.
From the Republic of Cyprus Press and Information Office (PIO) Server at http://www.pio.gov.cy/