28 September, 2007
The U.S. House of Representatives Committee for Foreign Affairs adopted a resolution, introduced by Greek origin member Gus Bilirakis (R-Florida), expressing support for the implementation of the July 8, 2006 Agreement between Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat on the problem of Cyprus.
The resolution is a steadfast position of the U.S. government for years, on the need to find a solution to the problem on the basis of a bizonal, bicommunal federation through a process promoted by the United Nations, something which abides by the provisions of the July 8, 2006 Agreement, and baring this in mind the U.S government is being called upon to help actively towards the implementation of the Gambari Agreement without deviation, the resolution says.
The resolution expresses the Committee's full support to the implementation of the Gambari Agreement while it also ascertains that preparatory meetings of the technical committees will help towards advancing in negotiations on substantive aspects of the Cyprus problem.
Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat agreed on 8 July 2006, during a meeting in Nicosia in the presence of UN official Ibrahim Gambari, to begin a process of bicommunal discussions on issues that affect the day-to-day life of the people and concurrently those that concern substantive issues, both contributing to a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem.
They met again on 5 September 2007 in the presence of the UN Secretary General's Special Representative in Cyprus Michael Moller.
Source: Athens News Agency