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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Bilirakis Resolution on Cyprus Approved

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the US House of Representatives, by unanimous consent, approved a resolution on Cyprus. The resolution, introduced by Congressman Gus Bilirakis, expresses strong support for the immediate implementation of the July 8th agreement. The resolution calls for the US government to actively facilitate the implementation of the agreement in its entirety and without deviations from its content.

The President of the RoC said “today’s adoption of H.Res. 405 is a positive and significant development,” mainly noting the fact that it refers to the need not to deviate from the agreement.

More on this from the Hellenic News of America:

HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE STRONGLY SUPPORTS IMPLEMENTATION OF THE JULY 8 UN-BROKERED AGREEMENT FOR CYPRUS

WASHINGTON, DC – [September 26, 2007] – Today the House Foreign Affairs Committee by unanimous consent adopted H. Res. 405, which expresses strong support for the immediate implementation of the July 8, 2006, United Nations-brokered Agreement as the way forward to prepare for new comprehensive negotiations leading to the reunification of the Republic of Cyprus.

On July 8, 2006, President of the Republic of Cyprus Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat, agreed, under the auspices of the United Nations Under Secretary General Ibrahim Gambari, to a set of principles to begin a process of bi-communal discussions. H. Res. 405 calls upon the United States Government to fully support the immediate implementation of the July 8, 2006 Agreement in its entirety and without deviation from that process.
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