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07 May, 1998
President Glafcos Clerides has reiterated that cooperation with Athens is "perfect" and fully backed Greek government policy on the Cyprus question.
In a written statement, the president also thanked Greece for its unwavering support in Cyprus' efforts to find a peaceful settlement of the Cyprus question, adding that bilateral ties should be safeguarded at all costs.
The statement was issued here yesterday in the wake of criticism Mr. Kyprianou leveled against the Greek premier that he subscribes to US policy with regard to improving relations with Turkey.
Mr. Kyprianou's comments came after US envoy for Cyprus, Richard Holbrooke, failed to resume the stalled peace talks because of Turkish Cypriot demands for the withdrawal of Cyprus' application for European Union membership and recognition of the illegal regime in the Turkish occupied part of the island.
"The government of the Republic of Cyprus, undertaking fully its responsibilities, has not sought and will not seek to apportion non-existent responsibilities for so-called bad moves on the Greek government and underlines that relations between Athens and Nicosia need to be safeguarded at all costs", President Clerides said.
Responding in a written statement later, Mr. Kyprianou said he fully acknowledged the necessity for the existence of excellent relations between the Cypriot and the Greek governments.
The statement added that his criticism was neither aimed at upsetting such relations or questioning the contribution by Greek governments.
"Even though the two governments talked us into believing that the US initiative would lead to more positive developments, we are currently before the worst conditions ever for the Cyprus issue," Mr. Kyprianou observed.
Source: Athens News Agency