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03 November, 1999
Foreign Minister George Papandreou will visit Cyprus Friday, Cypriot official sources said.
Mr. Papandreou's talks in Nicosia will focus on the Helsinki EU summit next month.
Cyprus government spokesman Mihalis Papapetrou said the US has assured Nicosia that the Cyprus issue would be "very high" on the agenda of issues to be discussed by US President Bill Clinton in Athens and Ankara. Asked by reporters to comment on US ambassador in Athens Nicholas Burns' recent statement that the Cyprus issue would be discussed but would not be at the center of Mr. Clinton's talks in Greece and Turkey, Mr. Papapetrou said the US president's visit "will be judged from the results".
"If it (the Cyprus issue) is not at the center (of the talks), we shall criticize them," the Cyprus spokesman said.
Asked to comment on statements by Turkish premier Bulent Ecevit and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash yesterday calling for a Cyprus solution based on "two states" on the island republic, Mr. Papapetrou said that such statements "do not aid the efforts being made to break the impasse" in the Cyprus problem and "vanish even the slightest trace of optimism" for a Cyprus solution.
Source: Athens News Agency