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Spokesman ‘satisfied’ with US meetings

Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides has expressed satisfaction with the outcome of his meetings in Washington DC where he met State Department and National Security Council officials.

The Spokesman had meetings with Tetl Williams, the head of Cyprus, Greece and Turkey Office to the National Security Council, Amanda Sloat, the Assistant Deputy Secretary of State, and Michael Carpenter, the adviser on national security issues of the Vice President Joe Biden.
“I am satisfied with the discussions, both on bilateral issues as well as on the Cyprus problem,” he said before leaving Washington for New York for the second part of his visit.

“We discussed the prospects of the resumption of the negotiations, and what will happen if the talks resume”, he added.
Asked about the role the US should play for the resumption of the UN-led peace talks, Christodoulides said the US should ensure that no NAVTEX was issued by Turkey after the beginning of the talks. “In such a case, our stance will be the same as before,” he said, referring to the reason the Greek Cypriot side withdrew from the talks last October.
The spokesman said his meeting in Washington took place in a very positive and constructive climate, stressing that “there is no crisis in our relations with the US”.
On Thursday, Christodoulides will have meetings in New York. According to his schedule, he will meet with the Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee (AJC), David Harris, and will have a working lunch with the head of the European Affairs Office in the UN, Elizabeth Spehar. Also, he will meet the Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin. (CNA)

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