Cypriot President Spyros Kyprianou had talks at the United Nations on Monday (3 October) with veteran Washington trouble-shooter Clark Clifford about the Cyprus problem.
GV INT Clark Clifford talking to new conference
GV INT ZOOM TO President Kyprianou of Cyprus talking to reporters
GV Kyprianou and Clifford shaking hands
GV PAN Clifford replies to more reporters' questions as he leaves
CLARK CLIFFORD: "We have had an exceedingly useful period of exchanging ideas together. We have brought him up to date with what we have been doing in this country. He has told us about discussions that have gone on in his country. We renewed out very pleasant and friendly relationship. I assured him again of the determination of our government to continue its interests in the problem of Cyprus. The fact that there gave been some delays has not in any way caused us to diminish our interest. But I think it reconfirms and redoubles our desire to find a solution. We are in touch with other parties with reference to the problem and we hope that we are going to be going to see some movement and some progress. That is all that I would be able to say at this time. Thank you very much. Thank you, Mr. President for such a lovely visit."
SPYROS KYPRIANOU: Mr. President. We have had another useful exchange of views. As Mr. Clifford has said, he has briefed us of his efforts here in the United States. We shall continue to be in touch. As I have said on many occasions, any initiative on the part of the United States which aims at strengthening the efforts of the United Nations for a solution to the Cyprus problem is most welcome to the Cyprus government. And it is this context that exchanged out views and will we shall be in touch. Thank you."
CLIFFORD: "Goodbye Mr. President, greatly enjoyed the visit."
REPORTER: "Mr. Clifford can I ask you if you are hopeful for a....are you hopeful for a (indistinct) of the Cyprus....?"
CLIFFORD: "I have made a full statement and I think it would be inadvisable for me to answer that. Thank you."
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Background: Cypriot President Spyros Kyprianou had talks at the United Nations on Monday (3 October) with veteran Washington trouble-shooter Clark Clifford about the Cyprus problem. This followed a 45 minutes discussion that Mr. Kyprianou had the previous day with United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, and the Cypriot president was due to talk with President Carter on Wednesday (5 October). After his meeting with Mr. Clifford, President Kyprianou said he was satisfied that the United States was working for progress towards a just and fair solution to the Cyprus problem. Mr. Clifford has also spoken with Turkish Foreign Minister Ihsan Sabri Caglayangil. A Turkish spokesman said at the United Nations on Sunday (2 October) that Mr. Caglayangil and Greek Foreign Minister Dimitrious Bitsios, who lunched together the day before, had agreed to support resumption of inter-communal talks on Cyprus. Mr. Clifford summed up his meeting with President Kyprianou at a news conference.